Bioinformatics is an integration of computer technology into the study of biological data, specifically with regards to genetics and genome. What traits and disorders are associated with each of our chromosomes? A great and authoritative source for bioinformatics is ncbi. The site is formidable at first glance, and I am grateful for the opportunity to attend a week-long workshop at UC Davis a few years ago. I had a whole suite of dorm rooms to myself for the duration of the conference. And yes, the epitome of nerd-dom is enjoying five days of 8-5:00 PM computer time on a genetics database.
At the secondary level, high-school biology students can be cognizant of the new fields for undergraduate focus, such as bioinformatics and biotechnology. Additionally, genetics is a great “hook” to engage students in the application of science concepts to their real-life experiences.
The Pub-Med resource of this site is understandable to non-techies.
UC Davis Institute of Bioinformatics
And….a little side excursion at a local winery…