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Mathematics and Statistics Colloquiums

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The primary mission of the Department of Mathematics and Statistics is to provide high quality mathematics education to mathematics majors, to students in other majors enrolled in mathematical content courses, to students in general education courses, and to students in developmental mathematics courses. As a service to the College and University, it also is part of the department’s mission to provide leadership and expertise in questions of mathematics and statistics as necessary across the disciplines.

Mathematics and Statistics Colloquiums

The Role of Mathematics, Statistics, and Computer Science in Bioinformatics

Dr. Todd A. Gibson

Faculty, CSU, Chico Computer Science Department

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As an example to introduce the field of bioinformatics, Dr. Gibson discusses the Human Genome Project, a 13-year, $3 billion project launched in 1990 by the Department of Energy and the National Institute of Health.  The project, drawing from several academic disciplines, mapped genetic variation among human genomes – quite a task, considering the variations within human DNA. Currently, scientists are working on a follow-up study, The 1000 Genomes Project. For this project, the genomes of over 2,600 people from 26 populations around the world are being mapped.  Dr. Gibson’s talk explains the role of mathematics, statistics, and computer science in the history and breadth of the bioinformatics field.

Presentation time: 58 minutes