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Life Out of Sequence: A Data-Driven History of Bioinformatics

Hallam Stevens


During the last thirty years, computers have come to play an increasingly important role in biological work. Especially in the new ‘omic’ disciplines, biologists are as likely to be found in front of a computer screen as they are working at a laboratory bench. Life out of sequence is an account of these transformations: beginning in the 1960s and continuing to the present, it draws on archival research, participant observation in laboratories, and interviews to show how and why the life sciences have been automated, computerized, and digitized. The advent of bioinformatics meant not merely usi ... More

Keywords: bioinformatics, computational biology, genomics, DNA sequencing, data, data-driven science, databases, GenBank, Broad Institute, European Bioinformatics Institute

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780226080178
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2014 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226080345.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Hallam Stevens, author