Box 3 Computational Biology

National Human Genome Research Institute

National Institutes of Health
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services


Box 3 Computational biology

Computational methods have become intrinsic to modern biological research, and their importance can only increase as large-scale methods for data generation become more prominent, as the amount and complexity of the data increase, and as the questions being addressed become more sophisticated. All future biomedical research will integrate computational and experimental components. New computational capabilities will enable the generation of hypotheses and stimulate the development of experimental approaches to test them. The resulting experimental data will, in turn, be used to generate more refined models that will improve overall understanding and increase opportunities for application to disease. The areas of computational biology critical to the future of genomics research include:


Last Reviewed: May 21, 2012