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Advances in Bioinformatics
Volume 2012 (2012), Article ID 672749, 4 pages
Review Article

Training Experimental Biologists in Bioinformatics

1Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciência, Rua da Quinta Grande, 6, 2780-156 Oeiras, Portugal
2Centre for Integrative Systems Biology and Bioinformatics, Division of Molecular Biosciences, Imperial College London, London SW7 2AZ, UK
3Unidade de Biologia Celular do Sistema Imunitário, Instituto de Medicina Molecular, Faculdade de Medicina, Universidade de Lisboa, 1649-028 Lisboa, Portugal

Received 2 September 2011; Revised 5 November 2011; Accepted 18 January 2012

Academic Editor: Allegra Via

Copyright © 2012 Pedro Fernandes et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Bioinformatics, for its very nature, is devoted to a set of targets that constantly evolve. Training is probably the best response to the constant need for the acquisition of bioinformatics skills. It is interesting to assess the effects of training in the different sets of researchers that make use of it. While training bench experimentalists in the life sciences, we have observed instances of changes in their attitudes in research that, if well exploited, can have beneficial impacts in the dialogue with professional bioinformaticians and influence the conduction of the research itself.