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Computing in Molecular Biology 2

05 April 2021

This course is new, different from the previous year.

Things to do

This course is an introduction to Computational Thinking. We will use the tools we learned in the previous course and apply them to model and simulate scientific experiments as a way to understand them.


All quizzes and homework should be sent to ( before the deadline to get a grade. Please be careful; otherwise you will get a grade of zero.


Here you will find the slides from the classes and other supplementary material. Notice that some things are said but not written, so you better take good notes. We recommend taking notes with pen and paper using the Cornell Method.

Other reading material for classes

Everybody must read and understand the following texts:

Sequences for exercises

Most times you will use sequences that we find at NCBI. For exercises, we can use these sequences:

Required software

For this course we will use the new version of R and Rstudio. These two tools work together. Install R first, then install Rstudio.

These videos may help you.

Online learning

This semester we will carry on the course online. That is an interesting challenge since it makes some things harder but others simpler. To start, everybody should read this paper:

Searls DB. “Ten simple rules for online learning”. PLoS Computational Biology. 2012;8(9):e1002631. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pcbi.1002631. Epub 2012 Sep 13.

This material is also very much recommended:

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