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PLoS Comput Biol. 2012;8(4):e1002487. doi: 10.1371/journal.pcbi.1002487. Epub 2012 Apr 26.

Rise and demise of bioinformatics? Promise and progress.

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  • 1Institute of Agrobiotechnology, Centre for Research & Technology Hellas-CERTH, Thessaloniki, Greece. ouzounis@certh.gr

Abstract

The field of bioinformatics and computational biology has gone through a number of transformations during the past 15 years, establishing itself as a key component of new biology. This spectacular growth has been challenged by a number of disruptive changes in science and technology. Despite the apparent fatigue of the linguistic use of the term itself, bioinformatics has grown perhaps to a point beyond recognition. We explore both historical aspects and future trends and argue that as the field expands, key questions remain unanswered and acquire new meaning while at the same time the range of applications is widening to cover an ever increasing number of biological disciplines. These trends appear to be pointing to a redefinition of certain objectives, milestones, and possibly the field itself.

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