UNIT 19.1 Internet Basics for Biologists

  1. Andreas D. Baxevanis1,
  2. B.F. Francis Ouellette2

Published Online: 1 MAY 2001

DOI: 10.1002/0471142727.mb1901s50

Current Protocols in Molecular Biology

Current Protocols in Molecular Biology

How to Cite

Baxevanis, A. D. and Ouellette, B. F. 2001. Internet Basics for Biologists. Current Protocols in Molecular Biology. 50:19.1:19.1.1–19.1.16.

Author Information

  1. 1

    National Human Genome Research Institute, NIH, Bethesda, Maryland

  2. 2

    Centre for Molecular Medicine and Therapeutics, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, British Columbia

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 1 MAY 2001
  2. Published Print: APR 2000

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Before embarking on any practical discussion of computational methods in solving biological problems, it is necessary to lay the common groundwork that will enable users to both access and implement the algorithms and tools discussed in this book. This unit begins with a review of the Internet and its terminology, and also discusses major classes of Internet protocols, without becoming overly engaged in the engineering minutiae underlying these protocols. This unit also discusses matters of connectivity, ranging from simple modem connections to digital subscriber lines (DSL). Finally, one of the most common problems that has arisen with the proliferation of Web pages throughout the world is addressed, i.e., finding useful information on the World Wide Web.