This article discusses the evolution of curriculum, instructional methodologies and initiatives supporting the dissemination of bioinformatics. Building on the early applications of informatics to the field of biology, bioinformatics research entails input from the diverse disciplines of mathematics and statistics, physics and chemistry and medicine and pharmacology. Training in bioinformatics remains the oldest and most important rapid introduction approach to learning bioinformatics skills.
Copyright 2005 Shoba Ranganathan. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.