Workshop 2: Bioinformatics
How do scientists trace an organism back to its ancestors? How sure are scientists when they discover a new species? How was the first COVID-19 genome determined? With modernization and more advanced machinery available for Biology research, what are the tools that we can use to help us answer the questions we have about our world, and deal with the huge chunks of data coming in everyday from labs and experiments?
Bioinformatics has become an integral part of modern life sciences, and it has become more relevant now than ever in the research and analysis process. Basing off concepts learnt in secondary school and high school, workshop participants will learn how to navigate and search for information on web-based databases, access and interpret the data on their own to learn more about DNA, RNA and proteins. They will also learn how to create a phylogeny tree to establish the evolutionary relationships between different organisms, as well as explore the role that bioinformatics plays in the society today, with COVID-19 as the subject of follow-up activities.