Learn Python programming for biological data manipulation and scientific research

What you will learn

Understand Bioinformatics Concepts

Manipulate DNA and protein sequences

Build your first computer program

Develop scripts in the Python programming language

Biopython Library


Welcome to the “Introduction to Programming for Bioinformatics with Python” course. Recently, the new sequencing technologies have allowed new discoveries for Life Sciences. However, computer skills became highly necessary to deal with big biological data. Hence, knowing how to build computer programs is essential to Bioinformatics.

In this course, you will learn the basics of programming for developing computer programs applied for Bioinformatics. You will also learn about creating your first algorithms, creating pipelines using the programming language Python, and analyzing biological databases. Python is the main programming language used for bioinformaticians.

This course is ideal for students who are starting in the field of bioinformatics and who do not have previous knowledge of programming.

You will also learn in this course:

• What are computer programs?

• How to create your first scripts?

• What is Python?

• Using the Colab web tool

• What are variables?

• Objects in Python

• Logical operators

• Variable types: strings, integers, Boolean

• Sequences in Python: lists, dictionaries, and tuples

• What are conditional statements?

• What are iterative statements?

• How to compare sequences

• Bioinformatics file types

• What is a software library?

• What is Biopython?

• How to convert a sequence from a string into a Biopython object?

• Manipulating sequences using Biopython

• Translation and transcription using Biopython






Meet the Course Instructor

A brief introduction to Bioinformatics

Why would you need to know programming for Bioinformatics?

Python fundamentals

What will you learn in this chapter?

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Introduction to Python

Colab tool


My first script


Questionnaire (variables)

Python Reserved Word List

Arithmetic Operators

Questionnaire (arithmetic operators)



Comparison Operators

Logical Operators

What is the if statement?

If statement


The while statement

Exercise – while

The for statement

Intermediate Level Python


Exercises – lists


Exercises – dictionaries


Exercise – files


Exercise – functions


Introduction to Biopython library

GC content

Counting nucleotides

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