About Biostar

This site's focus is bioinformaticscomputational genomics and biological data analysis. We welcome posts that are:

  • detailed and specific, written clearly and simply

No question is too trivial or too "newbie".

But we recommend that you make use of the search services to see if your question has already been asked (perhaps even answered!) before you ask. But if you end up asking a question that has been asked before, that is fine too. Other users will hopefully edit in links to related or similar questions to help future visitors find their way.


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The Biostars name and the website at https://www.biostars.org is the property of Biostar Genomics LLC a private bioinformatics consulting company registered in the state of Pennsylvania, USA. The company founder is Dr. Istvan Albert the lead developer of the the open source Biostar Q&A software.


Creative Commons License

All content on Biostar is licensed via the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License. This means that you should attribute the work either to the author and/or to the site, depending on the scope and presentation of the information. In addition our community supports the fair use policy when it comes to content created by users of this site.

Citing Biostar

Parnell LD, Lindenbaum P, Shameer K, Dall'Olio GM, Swan DC, et al. 2011 BioStar: An Online Question & Answer Resource for the Bioinformatics Community. PLoS Comput Biol 7(10)e1002216. doi:10.1371/journal.pcbi.1002216

Source code

Biostar source code at biostar-central repository. Report bugs or feature requests in the issue tracker. Copyright by the BioStar team.

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