From: Spike Jones (
Date: Sat Oct 20 2001 - 17:16:05 MDT

"J. R. Molloy" wrote:

> From: "Spike Jones" <>
> > J.R. the local university-for-profit in Santa Clara offers a new degree
> > in bioinformatics... spike
> It will be interesting to see how far this degree will take anyone.

After taking the intro, I began wondering the same thing.

> Could be
> that by the time first-year students get degrees in bioinformatics,
> computational biology will no longer need that kind of special knowledge

Ja, it reminded me of about 10-12 yrs ago when the hot setup was
for proles to take courses in word processing. Why?

> Don't you think bioinformatics should be managed by machines?

Ja. I risk insulting my classmates, but the truth is I was not
impressed by the quality of students seeking the degree.
When you were in college and you spoke to physics majors
and math majors and to a certain extent engineering and compsci
majors, perhaps you came away with a feeling that these were
mostly smart and interesting people. I didn't get that feeling
when talking to the bioinformatics students. spike

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