Bioinformatics (sometimes called computational biology) is the use of computers to
conduct biological research.
Deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) is a nucleic acid that contains the genetic instructions
specifying the biological development of all cellular forms of life (and many viruses).
DNA is often referred to as the molecule of heredity, as it is responsible for the genetic
propagation of most inherited traits. During reproduction, DNA is replicated and transmitted
to the offspring. (from Wikipedia)
Ribonucleic acid (RNA) is a nucleic acid consisting of a string of covalently-bound
nucleotides. It is biochemically distinguished from DNA by the presence of an additional
hydroxyl group, attached to each pentose ring; as well as by the use of uracil, instead of
thymine. One of the main functions of RNA is to copy genetic information from DNA (via
transcription) and then translate it into proteins (by translation). (from
- Wikipedia article on Bioinformatics.
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