Bioinformatics is an interdisciplinary science that brings together approaches from biology, genomics, biostatistics, computer science, mathematics, medicine and health. At a basic functional level, bioinformatics is the application of computing tools to biological data to make it understandable. Thus, bioinformatics helps to gather, store, organize, and analyze large volumes of data, or big data, whereby such data can be transformed into interpretable pieces of information. When applied to gerontology research, bioinformatics incorporates the investigator’s goal of using computational tools and resources to answer research questions aimed at improving human health across the lifespan, and into older ages.
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