About this course
How do we sequence and compare genomes? How do we identify the genetic basis for disease? How do we construct an evolutionary Tree of Life for all species on Earth?
When you complete this interactive textbook, you will learn how to answer many questions in modern biology that have become inseparable from the fundamental algorithms used to answer these questions.
This course features dozens of algorithmic challenges you to implement the bioinformatics algorithms that you will encounter along the way in dozens of automatically graded coding challenges that can be completed in any programming language!
We recommend completing the material in the order presented, as each subsequent chapter will build on material from previous chapters.
Finally, we provide the first lesson for free on Stepik. You can find a non-interactive version of this textbook including the print companion and lecture videos accompanying the material at http://bioinformaticsalgorithms.org.
Who is this course for
Learners who are interested in seeing the fundamental algorithms that have made biology into a computational discipline.
Learners should be good technical thinkers and have a strong introductory knowledge of programming. No biological background is necessary!