Bioinformatics Starter Pack – Getting started in Bioinformatics

I often get the question “I’m interested in Bioinformatics but how do I get started?“.  That question can typically be answered with “A google search“, but that is true for most of the non-existential questions nowadays.  This post will give you pointers to material you need to cover to understand the basics of what this bioinformatics field is about.  Unfortunately, there currently is no undergraduate/postgraduate course with focus on Bioinformatics (in Malta*) – so attending a series of (local) lectures is not an option presently.  Do not despair, plenty of material to go around.

Note: This material is not specific to one area in bioinformatics, e.g. genomics, but aims to give a general (soft) introduction to the field!