Bioinformatics is a field that uses computer technology to manage biological information. The goal is to create an understanding of human diseases and to identify new spaces for drug development. Common bioinformatic activities are mapping and analyzing DNA and protein, comparing different DNA and protein sequences, and creating 3-D models.
In neuroscience, bioinformatics plays a role in understanding genomic and protein mutations and their effects on the body.
Existing since the 1970s, the field of bioinformatics has greatly increased due to the Human Genome Project and the public accessibility of genomic data. Databases that store biological information that researchers can access or submit new data to regarding specific conditions are the latest moves in this field.