By Jerome K. Percus
The big study attempt often called the Human Genome venture is an try and checklist the series of the 3 trillion nucleotides that make up the human genome and to spot person genes inside this series. the outline and class of sequences is seriously depending on mathematical and statistical versions. This brief textbook offers a short description of a number of ways that arithmetic and records are getting used in genome research and sequencing.
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Mathematics of Genome Analysis by Jerome K. Percus