Wheaton College Norton, Massachusetts
Wheaton College
First-Year Seminar

Academics

FYS Section A06. DNA

An amazing blend of science and computing emerges when considering the molecule “Deoxyribonucleic Acid” (DNA). DNA is the blueprint of life for all organisms on Earth and throughout evolutionary time. Its distinctive and beautiful physical nature, a double helix of four bases, maps onto its functionality as a bearer of information, generation after generation. Fully sequenced genomes including the human genome and hundreds of microbial genomes have become the starting point for attempts to answer a wide range of biological and quantitative questions. This is your life in 3.2 billion letters, your genome as 3.2 Gigabytes, and your personalized medicine in a world of DNA from womb to tomb.

Mark D. LeBlancMark D. LeBlanc
Professor of Computer Science