Course at a Glance: Possibly useful books
Books related to Perl
Can be purchased used from Amazon starting at $9.00. Also available online.
A well written book, full of examples, though no connections to bioinformatics.
Perl for Bioinformatics (2001)
Can be purchased directly from O'Reilly for $39.95.
Pitched to the biologist with no programming experience. A good, readable book when read cover-to-cover, with many
pertinent examples, but pretty useless as a reference.
Perl Programming for Biologists" (2003) D. Curtis Jamison
Can be purchased directly from Wiley for $45.00.
Probably the smallest book of the lot, but it happens to cover (and cover very well) all of the basic concepts that we'll be
needing in this course, undiluted by other matters.
Books related to bioinformatics
(2001) David Mount
Can be purchased directly from Cold Spring Harbor Press for $75.
This book is one of the few texts on Bioinformatics that give adequate descriptions of the workings of the tools used in the field.
Concepts of Bioinformatics (2003)
Dan Krane and Michael Raymer
Can be purchased directly from Benjamin Cummings for $66.
Generally more accessible than Bioinformatics.
Bioinformatics for Dummies (2003)
Jean-Michel Claverie and Cedric Notredame
Can be purchased directly from www.dummies.com for $30.
Get past the title. It is a highly readable book that aims to acquaint you with the major available tools of bioinformatics
and how you might benefit from them. It does that. It doesn't say a whole lot about how the tools work.
Books related to Molecular Biology
Molecular Biology Made Simple and Fun (2003)
David P. Clark, Lonnie D. Russell
Can be purchased directly from www.dummies.com starting from $25.
Chimp on the cover considering a bust of DNA. No prerequisites.