Python for Genomic Data Science

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Below are the top discussions from Reddit that mention this online Coursera course from Johns Hopkins University.

This class provides an introduction to the Python programming language and the iPython notebook.

Bioinformatics Biopython Python Programming Genomics

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Taught by
Mihaela Pertea, PhD
Assistant Professor
and 1 more instructor

Offered by
Johns Hopkins University

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0 posts • 8 mentions • top 3 shown below

r/bioinformatics • comment
1 points • 0iam


The basics aren't covered in detail, you'd need outside help. If you're completely new to python, I suggest you use the app solorun, it helped me.

r/bioinformatics • comment
2 points • WaldoWow

I found when I was learning, the most important thing for me was to find a (simple) problem that gave me a framework to learn things around. If there's something in your work that jumps out as something that can be automated start there. If not try Rosalind for bioinformatics problems.

For me, I learned much better this way than going through a step by step guide. I learned much better by Googling as and when I needed to work out something specific to do, as guides went in one ear and out the other.

I also found this Coursera video series to be very useful. It addressed a lot of the other stuff that other guides seemed to neglect (e.g. how to actually run scripts from the command line) that I didn't know as a beginner.

r/bioinformatics • comment
5 points • martasetzer

First of all, congrats for your choice ;) I'm doing bioinformatics right now and is important to have a minimum knowledge on programming, even for running someone's else software. You can be a basic bioinformatician and perform analysis using available software (it's okay and they're necessary too because sometimes it's hard to do it and to interpret the results) or you can be develope your own software and analysis. In this case, you really have to know how to program.

It's weird that your university doesn't teach you basic programming, maybe it's not specified but you will do. If not, maybe you should think about going to another university.

In bioinformatics the most used programming languages are Python and R (most for the statistics part), and you should also be used to work with the Linux command line. There's a lot of online courses on coursera to learn this.

Python: (I did this one when I started)



Enjoy the journey! Programming could be really frustrating sometimes, but hold on! And the end it's really fulfilling. Hope it helped :)