Bioinformatics and computational biology, along with the related fields of genomics, proteomics, functional genomics and systems biology are new wave scientific disciplines that harness composite computational power across networks to advance biological knowledge at the most basic level and to direct traditional laboratory-based research efforts in the biomedical sciences. 'Fostering the growth of bioinformatics and allied disciplines in the Asia-Pacific region' is the motto of the first regional bioinformatics society, the Asia-Pacific Bioinformatics Network (APBioNet). APBioNet addresses the issues of hardware, software, databases and networks pertaining to bioinformatics, with the additional layer of pertinent education, training and research. Recent milestones achieved include hosting an international bioinformatics symposium in Asia and setting up large-scale regional grid-computing projects.
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|Published - 2002