What’s the answer? (obsolete topics)

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This week’s question may seem like an odd one to cover–but it generated major interest from the community, hundreds of views, and some interesting discussion!

Question of the week:

What are the obsolete research topics in bioinformatics?

Hi all,

Well is seems maybe strange to ask about obsolete research topics in bioinformatics, but I think for a beginner or a new researcher it is a helpful thing to know obsolete topics. What I mean by obsolete is research topics which are not of big interest.


There is a selected answer, but go and have a look at what people said about protein structure, microarrays, one topic deemed “not dead yet”.

And for those of you who have been around this field forever may also remember Pedro’s List which gave some of us a chuckle to stroll down memory lane with!