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Bioinformatics Algorithms

An Active Learning Approach 3rd Edition

By Phillip Compeau
Print Versions
Price: $89.95

Format: Hardcover
ISBN 13: 9780990374633
Trim Size: 7" x 9"
Number of Pages: 728

A light-hearted and analogy-filled companion to the authors’ popular online courses, Bioinformatics Algorithms – An Active Learning Approach presents students with a dynamic approach to learning bioinformatics. It strikes a unique balance between practical challenges in modern biology and fundamental algorithmic ideas, thus capturing the interest of biology ad computer students alike.

Each chapter begins with a central biological question, such as “Are There Fragile Regions in the Human Genome?” or Which DNA Patterns Play the role of Molecular Clocks?: and then steadily develops the algorithmic sophistication required to answer this question. Hundreds of exercise are incorporated directly into the text as soon as they are needed: readers can test their knowledge through automated coding challenges on Rosalind ( an online platform for learning bioinformatics.

The textbook website ( directs readers toward additional educational materials, including video lectures and PowerPoint slides.

The 3rd edition is now available!  The consolidated third edition combines volumes 1 and 2 of the 2nd edition. It incorporates an appendix, a detailed glossary, many errata fixes, and pointers to FAQs that have been asked by our many excellent learners (both online and offline) over the years.  These FAQs, along with answers, are hosted at the textbook website (

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