At last, here is a baseline book for anyone who is confused by cryptic computer programs, algorithms and formulae, but wants to learn about applied bioinformatics. Now, anyone who can operate a PC, standard software and the internet can also learn to understand the biological basis of bioinformatics, of the existence as well as the source and availability of bioinformatics software, and how to apply these tools and interpret results with confidence. This process is aided by chapters that introduce important aspects of bioinformatics, detailed bioinformatics exercises (including solutions), and to cap it all, a glossary of definitions and terminology relating to bioinformatics.
From the reviews (of the German edition):
The book presents a fundamental and practical treatment of all important aspects. (.) The text is well written and easy to understand. It stimulates to go on reading to the end of each chapter and to work on the "questions".
(Biospektrum Oct. 2004)
So far, sciences students have no systematic introduction available into the structure of data bases and the intelligently structured search for information. The new text book of Selzer, Marhfer and Rohwer here fills this gap. The book can be thoroughly recommended to students and instructors in the sciences and molecular medicine. It also can be very useful for biocomputering courses being established at a growing number of universities.
(Biologen heute 5.2003)
Particularly useful are the description of the existing, important data bases on the internet, their usage, and the handling and analysis of the data gained as well as their application in bioinformatics.
(Informatik, Biometrie und Epidemiologie in Medizin und Biologie Feb.2004)