Title: ``Sequence comparison: what statisticians should know about the biologists' favorite tool''
Speaker: Rick Westerman, Bioinformatics Specialist at the Genomics Initiative, Purdue University (westerman@purdue.edu)
Place: UNIV 101; Tuesday, 4:30pm


Comparing nucleic acid and protein sequences to each other and to databases is the most popular computational tool used by biologists. This talk will cover the details behind some of the common programs -- Blast, FastA, HMMer -- as well as the strengths and weaknesses of them.