Hi, I've just started a PhD in BioInformatics. I'd like to know if there are some books/tutorial which can introduce me into the field of Biology. I need something "simple" because I've never faced with biological topics. I've found Biology for Dummies but I don't know if it's really worthy. What do you suggest for me?
I'm surprised Molecular Biology of the Cell hasn't been mentioned yet. It's a great book, and relatively recently a new edition was released.
It's not a "short tutorial" by any means, but then again, I've always been confused by folks who just want a "cursory understanding" of biology -- especially if bioinformatics is your intended career, and not just a hobby, of sorts.
Being that you have the luxury of being in an academic institution to learn bioinformatics, I'd encourage you to take introductory biology classes along side your computational and statistical ones that are required by your program.
I think Rosalind is good to programmers because we have the opportunity of solving Biology problems learning the main concepts behind the problems. It's good to those who already have a background in programming and want to be more motivated with Biology.
How 'simple' do you want it to be? These are very, very simple: Cartoon Guide to Genetics and The Manga Guide to Molecular Biology. Or you can try some "popular science" books like Matt Ridley's Genome or Carl Zimmer's; it worked for me. Unfortunately, I don't know any such books dealing with gene/protein interaction.