Derek Gatherer works in bioinformatics, which he defines very generally as anything that can be done on a computer and which is relevant to the biological sciences. In practice, however, most of his work over the years has been on sequence analysis with a minor component of network analysis. Having spent just over 10 years in the old MRC Virology Unit, Derek has also come to think of himself as something of a virologist manqué. Viruses, as well as being fascinating in their own right, are ideal subjects for bioinformatics. Derek has been lucky to have had the opportunity to work on a variety of viruses (herpesviruses, papillomaviruses, adenoviruses, polyomaviruses, hepaciviruses, parvoviruses, influenza viruses and paramyxoviruses) from many different bioinformatics research angles.
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