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One of the easiest ways to learn more about bioinformatics is to read books about the field. One book suggestion is Bioinformatics For Dummies, 2nd edition, by Jean-Michel Claverie and Cedric Notredame (For Dummies, 2006). Visit the following Web sites to learn more about bioinformatics: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/gquery/?term=bioinformatics and http://www.genome.gov/25019999. The Web sites of related professional associations such as the Bioinformatics Organization are also good resources. Visit the Biotechnology Institute's Resources page on its Web site, http://www.biotechinstitute.org, for information about careers and biotechnology facts. Join science and computer clubs at school. Talk to a bioinformatics specialist about his or her career. Ask the following questions: What made you want to enter this career? What are your main and secondary job duties? What do you like least and most about your job? How did you train for this field? What advice would you give young people who are interested in the field?

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