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Mathematica for Computational Biology Modeling

Postby Armand_Bankhead » Wed Apr 07, 2010 11:28 pm

Hello,
I'm putting together a course to use Mathematica for modeling of biological systems. Specifically using differential equations to describe relationships between biological entities in multiple scales (intra-cellular, extra-cellular, ecological).
Are there any statistics on Mathematica use in this area that I could quote? I'm trying to build a case for using Mathematica over other languages (Matlab, R, C, Java). Does anyone know of articles that illustrate this cross-language comparison?
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Re: Mathematica for Computational Biology Modeling

Postby Kathy_Bautista » Thu Apr 22, 2010 9:19 pm

Hi Armand,

Mathematica is a great tool for computational biology and bioinformatics. In fact MIT OpenCourseWare includes a course on "Genomics and Computational Biology" that utilizes Mathematica.
http://ocw.mit.edu/courses/health-scien ... fall-2002/

Below are some additional web pages that you may find useful. The "Why Choose Mathematica" section address how Mathematica compares to other tools commonly used.
http://www.wolfram.com/solutions/BiologicalSciences/
http://www.wolfram.com/solutions/Bioinformatics/

If anyone else is using Mathematica to teach computational biology, and would like to offer some feedback on your personal experinces, please do.

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