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The bioinformatics data analysis guide

The answers to some of the greatest questions of life lie within ourselves. Bioinformatics is a new science created by combining Data Science with Biology. Through this emerging and rapidly changing field of study, scientists can find and decode hidden information in our very own genes, allowing us to understand what none before us have known.

This is a beginner's guide to bioinformatics...

Starting with basic concepts such as understanding how analysis is done in general and what conclusions can be drawn from data, the Biostar Handbook eases you into the limitless world of possibilities of this new scientific domain.

...but with advanced data analytics

With the help of the e-book, you will be reproducing results from realistic, and cutting edge data analysis scenarios such as genome variation, SNP callinggenome assembly and RNA-seq based gene expression studies. For example, you will learn how to find and tabulate the SNP mutations in the Ebola virus strain that caused the 2014 outbreak.

In later chapters, you will learn how to identify, quantify and characterize the gene expression changes in the human brain caused by the Zika virus infections of 2016 and how to visualize and interpret your findings.

Reliable training...

The e-book will give you a solid training to build upon and will teach you how to think about finding solutions to common bioinformatics tasks.  You will master key skills that will allow you to:

  • Analyze sequencing data produced by instruments.
  • Perform advanced data analytics such as short read alignment, variation calling or gene expression analysis.
  • Reproduce and validate published results.
  • Make discoveries independently, by yourself, on your computer.

The e-book, currently at 682 pages, with over 23 instantly searchable chapters, covers vast tracts of this novel scientific domain - with many more chapters and topics to come in the next years.  

    Our goal is to make our e-book and the supporting materials around it the most comprehensive, most complete, "one-stop-shop" for bioinformatics data analysis. Read more about why we wrote this book on the FAQ page.

    ...from an experienced educator

    The Biostar Handbook is a learner's guide to Bioinformatics.  Developed by Dr. István Albert, one of the forward-thinking experts and respected educators in this field, the Biostar Handbook is designed to allow anyone, regardless of prior experience, to delve deep into this data-driven field.

    Active learning

    The educational process and teaching approach you will find in the Handbook were refined in world-class research facilities, shaped over many years by the feedback and experiences of hundreds of students. The book will allow you to break into this current field and be part of solving some of the greatest challenges we are facing at the scientific frontier of the 21st century.

    Continuously updated 

    Unlike traditional bioinformatics data analysis related books and training materials that become outdated within months of their publication, the Biostar Handbook is a continuously updated resource. The latest chapter has been added in January, 2017. See the book update page for details.

    In addition we have a generous refund policy so that you don't have to worry about not knowing what you get.

    Analysis with an attitude

    The book is more than a how-to-do list. We teach you how to think about data analysis in general and how to find solutions more quickly and efficiently. We champion what we call holistic data analysis - where we think of full processes as a whole rather than isolated, individual steps. We are champions for reproducible research but in a more revolutionary way: we teach you how to do it  better, simpler, and faster.

    Get the Handbook for your team

    Jonathan Pevsner, author of the bestselling book Bioinformatics and Functional Genomics had the following to say:

    "The Biostar Handbook is immediately indispensable for anyone involved in bioinformatics—the study of proteins, genes and genomes using computer algorithms. According to the book itself, the Biostar Handbook covers three areas: (1) bioinformatics foundations (data formats, sequence alignment, using the Unix command line); (2) protocols for topics from genome variation to RNAseq; and (3) using software tools.

    But bioinformatics involves more than just algorithms and methods: it is emerging as a discipline that requires a way of thinking to help the user to find the right tools, to learn how to use them, and to know how to interpret the results. This book does a fantastic job of imparting this essential wisdom of how to think about bioinformatics, and how to solve problems. I bought a set of five copies for my lab, and it’s been interesting to see how it’s immediately served a range of people from the complete beginners to the power users. There’s just nothing else like it out there."

    Boost the productivity of your lab or research group by offering them the Biostar Handbook. Get a Research Lab 5-pack or contact us for other volume pricing offers. 

    Teach with the Handbook

    If you are teaching bioinformatics courses to audiences, you should offer them access to the Biostar Handbook. You can get reduced, volume pricing for all participants, and your students may use the book even after the training is concluded. Adopting the Handbook will allow you to concentrate on teaching the skills and information that matter most rather than fighting installation and other problems during the lectures. Contact us for details: contact@biostarhandbook.com