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Asking five people to define bioinformatics yields seven different answers, jokes Scott D. Kahn, senior director of life sciences marketing at Molecular Simulations Inc., a San Diego bioinformatics software firm. Asking five people how to gain bioinformatics skills leads to a similar conundrum. Until recently, self-teaching remained the only recourse. Now, short courses, university coursework, Web-based learning, and commercial software tutorials have emerged. Each option comes with its own set of pluses and minuses:
Self-teaching For people who actually develop software, such as...