Computational Biology and Bioinformatics in Nigeria

Bourne, Philip E. and Fatumo, S. and Adoga, Moses P. and Ojo, Opeolu O. and Oluwagbemi, Olugbenga and Adeoye, Tolulope and Ewejobi, Itunuoluwa and Adebiyi, Marion and Adebiyi, E. and Bewaji, Clement and Nashiru, Oyekanmi (2014) Computational Biology and Bioinformatics in Nigeria. PLoS Computational Biology, 10 (4). e1003516. ISSN 1553-7358

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Over the past few de�cades, major advances in the field of molecular biology, coupled with advances in genomic technologies, have led to an explosive growth in the biological data generated by the scientific community. The crit�ical need to process and analyze such a deluge of data and turn it into useful knowledge has caused bioinformatics to gain prominence and importance. Bioinformatics is an interdisciplinary research area that applies techniques, methodol�ogies, and tools in computer and information science to solve bio�logical problems. In Nigeria, bioin�formatics has recently played a vital role in the advancement of biolog�ical sciences. As a developing country, the importance of bioin�formatics is rapidly gaining accep�tance, and bioinformatics groups comprised of biologists, computer scientists, and computer engineers are being constituted at Nigerian universities and research institutes. In this article, we present an overview of bioinformatics educa�tion and research in Nigeria. We also discuss professional societies and academic and research institu�tions that play central roles in advancing the discipline in Nigeria. Finally, we propose strategies that can bolster bioinformatics educa�tion and support from policy mak�ers in Nigeria, with potential posi�tive implications for other developing countries

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA75 Electronic computers. Computer science
Depositing User: Mr Uchechukwu F. Ekpendu
Date Deposited: 02 Jul 2021 10:53
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