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Bioinformatics and Molecular Evolution - Paul G. Higgs

Bioinformatics and Molecular Evolution

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In the current era of complete genome sequencing, <b><i>Bioinformatics and Molecular Evolution</i></b> provides an up-to-date and comprehensive introduction to bioinformatics in the context of evolutionary biology.<br><p><br><p>This accessible text:<br><p><br><ul><br><li>provides a thorough examination of sequence analysis, biological databases, pattern recognition, and applications to genomics, microarrays, and proteomics</li></ul><br><p><br><ul><br><li>emphasizes the theoretical and statistical methods used in bioinformatics programs in a way that is accessible to biological science students</li></ul><br><p><br><ul><br><li>places bioinformatics in the context of evolutionary biology, including population genetics, molecular evolution, molecular phylogenetics, and their applications</li></ul><br><p><br><ul><br><li>features end-of-chapter problems and self-tests to help students synthesize the materials and apply their understanding</li></ul><br><p><br><ul><br><li>is accompanied by a dedicated website - <u><b>www.blackwellpublishing.com/higgs</b> </u>- containing downloadable sequences, links to web resources, answers to self-test questions, and all artwork in downloadable format (artwork also available to instructors on CD-ROM). </li></ul><br><p><br><p>This important textbook will equip readers with a thorough understanding of the quantitative methods used in the analysis of molecular evolution, and will be essential reading for advanced undergraduates, graduates, and researchers in molecular biology, genetics, genomics, computational biology, and bioinformatics courses.

"Finally, it has arrived: The book I can confidently recommend to my students as the best in the field. That this single book has been able to cover so much is testimony to the dedication and quality of the authors." James McInerney, National University of Ireland "Much of bioinformatics is based on, yet too often ignores, the underlying principles of molecular evolution. This well-written book provides a description of modern bioinformatics methods while providing the biology and evolutionary theory necessary to understand how, why, and when these methods work. This is essential reading for those interested in being either a bioinformatics developer or an informed user." Richard Goldstein, National Institute for Medical Research "I like the text's balance; it is rigorous without being too formal, and has an accessible and broad coverage of topics from both a computer science and a biology perspective." Mohammad Zaki, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute "This book nicely integrates molecular evolution and bioinformatics, two disciplines that go hand in hand, as rightfully claimed by the authors. Many bioinformatics applications are based on principles of molecular evolution, and to study molecular evolution is unthinkable nowadays without having access to the necessary tools and implementations. This is an excellent book for both undergraduate and graduate students, as well as for anyone who wants to solve problems in molecular evolution and needs to know the practicalities." Yves Van de Peer, Ghent University, Belgium "This book is actually fun! Fun, very educative, well organised, practical and easy to use...I wish this book had been published long ago." The British Toxicology Society Newsletter, November 2005 "...an excellent and current introduction to classical bioinformatics and an ideal core text for a Master's course in the subject." Comparative and Functional Genomics, November 2005

Preface
Chapter Plan
Introduction: The Revolution in Biological Information
Nucleic Acids, Proteins, and Amino Acids
Molecular Evolution and Population Genetics
Models of Sequence Evolution
Information Resources for Genes and Proteins
Sequence Alignment Algorithms
Searching Sequence Databases
Phylogenetic Methods
Patterns in Protein Families
Probabilistic Methods and Machine Learning
Further Topics in Molecular Evolution and Phylogenetics
Genome Evolution
DNA Microarrays and the 'omes
Mathematical Appendix
List of Web address
Glossary
Index
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ISBN: 9781405106832
ISBN-10: 1405106832
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 384
Published: 15th December 2004
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.5 x 18.1  x 2.4
Weight (kg): 0.78