What’s the answer? (big questions!)

BioStar is a site for asking, answering and discussing bioinformatics questions. We are members of the community and find it very useful. Often questions and answers arise at BioStar that are germane to our readers (end users of genomics resources). Every Thursday we will be highlighting one of those questions and answers here in this thread. You can ask questions in this thread, or you can always join in at BioStar.

This week’s highlighted question is more of a discussion, but I thought it was interesting to read what people thought in their different focus areas. And the “meaning of life” tag cracked me up:

What are the big questions that bioinformatics and computational biology will be answering in the next few years?

We all know that bioinformatics and computational biology are here to stay and that their impact on scientific thought and direction will be increasing in the future. Since there is a lot of interdisciplinary research being undertaken by folks who participate in this forum, I am curious as to what big and interesting biological problems folks think will be best solved either directly by computational approaches or in an integrated computational and bench science environment. Of course, I know that the answer to this is “everything”, but I am really curious about specific questions in your field of interest.

Sean Davis

I added what I think are some major issues and likely wins, but it was neat to see the other thoughts people had too. Go check them out, and add your own thoughts if you have some ideas.