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Data Processing

Data Processing

Once the DNA is sequenced, the data generated is usually saved as a large file containing the specific order of the nucleotides. Depending on the length of the DNA, this could be a jumble of hundreds to millions of A, T, G, and Cs. To make sense of this data, bioinformaticians use computer programs (and often code their own to fit their needs) that can identify and analyze these sequences of DNA, and generate databases to maintain this large amount of data.

Occupation: Bioinformatician/Programmer
Entry-level education: Bachelor’s Degree

For more information:

The Bioinformatics Organization
http://www.bioinformatics.org    

The National Center for Biotechnology Information
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov

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