"Research, development, or application of computational tools and approaches for expanding the use of biological,medical, behavioral or health data,including those to acquire, store, organize, archive, analyze, or visualize such data" 1
"Bioinformatics is the emerging field that deals with the application of computers to the collection, organization, analysis, manipulation, presentation, and sharing of biologic data. A central component of bioinformatics is the study of the best ways to design and operate biologic databases " 2
"Bioinformatics is conceptualizing biology in terms of macromolecules (in the sense of physical-chemistry) and then applying "informatics" techniques (derived from disciplines such as applied maths, computer science, and statistics) to understand and organize the information associated with these molecules, on a large-scale." 3
1. Huerta M, Downing G, Haseltine F, Seto B, Liu Y. NIH working definition of bioinformatics and computational biology. US National Institute of Health. 2000.
2. Pool R, Esnayra J. Bioinformatics: Converting Data to Knowledge: Workshop Summary. Washington (DC)2000. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20669493
3. Luscombe NM, Greenbaum D, Gerstein M. What is bioinformatics? An introduction and overview. Method Inform Med. 2001:346-357.