Bioinformatics core competencies for undergraduate life sciences education (PLOS One)

Undergraduate life science curricula need to incorporate training in bioinformatics. Wilson Sayres et al. surveyed 1260 faculty from across the US to identify their thoughts on what such training should involve. Not surprisingly, 95% of those surveyed agreed with the statement “I think bioinformatics should be integrated into undergraduate life sciences education.” The article defines a set of nine core competencies that emerge from these responses. The authors also recommend that training in these skills be distributed across the curriculum rather than being taught as a single, isolated course. (Summary by Mary Williams) PLOS One 10.1371/journal.pone.0196878