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BioStar Question of the Week:

Bioinformatics “Cheat Sheet”

Inspired by Keith Robison’s post on “cheat sheets”, what would you put on a cheat sheet for bioinformatics? This might include one-line scripts, conversion factors, handy rules of thumb, etc.

Some of Keith’s suggestions, which have a biology slant:

  • IUPAC ambiguity codes for nucleotides:
  • Amino acid single letter codes.
  • SI prefixes in order.
  • Powers of 2.
  • Tm calculation estimation using G+C and A+T counts.
  • 1 human genome ~= 7 pg of DNA
  • 1 bp = 660 daltons

–Chris Miller

This question–actually more of a discussion–turned into a “community wiki” style thread with many hundreds of views (which meant there was lots of interest) and then generated quite a few interesting tidbits. Check it out at BioStar, and add your own thoughts to the hivemind knowledge!