The Biostar Handbook: A Beginner's Guide to Bioinformatics

The Biostar Handbook introduces readers to bioinformatics, the scientific discipline at the intersection of biology, computer science, and statistical data analytics that is dedicated to the digital processing of genomic information.

The Handbook has been developed, improved and refined over more than a half decade in a research university setting and is used in an accredited PhD level training program. The contents of this book have provided the analytical foundation to hundreds of students, many of whom have become full time bioinformaticians and work at the most innovative companies in the world.

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Biostar Handbook 2nd Edition

Work on the 2nd Edition of the Biostar Handbook has begun in January 2019. The 2nd edition will be used as the textbook for the Bioinformatics Data Analysis Online Course. A few shortcuts that you might find handy:

New in 2019

January 7th, 2019 the book includes a new, data analysis focused, beginner friendly bioinformatics course that follows along the second edition of the Biostar Handbook.

New in 2018

Oct 1st, 2018 the book now includes a new bioinformatics course that provides easy to re-use solutions to a wide range of bioinformatics analyses. Readers may also access a new website to explore the recipe results in detail.

June st, 2018 the Biostar Handbook includes a Python Course designed for life scientists.

The course is an ongoing effort scheduled to be completed by the Summer of 2019.

New in 2017

Aug 21st, 2017 readers may access a Bioinformatics Course that uses the Biostar Handbook as a textbook:

A structured path through the Biostar Handbook that covers the main topics of the field.

List of courses

Enrollment in each course is included with the book.

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The book is available in over the web, as a PFD, an eBOOK and in Kindle formats. You'll get access to all formats. We are self-publishing to make the book affordable to everyone!

How is this book different?

We use a Question/Answer based format to explain concepts and demonstrate methods in simple and practical manner. We found this to be the most efficient training method for the topics that we cover.

What is the book based on?

We have been developing and teaching bioinformatics and programming courses to life scientists for many years now. We are also the developers and maintainers of Biostars: Bioinformatics Question and Answer website the leading resource for helping bioinformatics scientists with their data analysis questions. We built this book based on these multi year experiences in training students and interacting with scientists that needed help to complete their analyses. We are uniquely in tune with the challenges and complexities of applying bioinformatics methods to realistic problems and we've designed this book to help readers overcome these challenges and go further than they have ever imagined.

What is a Biostar?

It is not a what, it is a who. And it could be you. It is the person whose responsibilities go beyond well defined boundaries This book is for them.

Who is a Biostar

Visualization inspired by a blog post by Anthony Fejes: Who is a bioinformatician?

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