Rosalind (education platform)

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Rosalind is an educational resource and web project for learning bioinformatics through problem solving and computer programming.[1][2][3] Rosalind users learn bioinformatics concepts through a problem tree that builds up biological, algorithmic, and programming knowledge concurrently or learn by topics, with the topic of Alignment, Combinatorics, Computational Mass Spectrometry, Heredity, Population Dynamics and so on. Each problem is checked automatically, allowing for the project to also be used for automated homework testing in existing classes.

Rosalind is a joint project between the University of California at San Diego and Saint Petersburg Academic University along with the Russian Academy of Sciences. The project's name commemorates Rosalind Franklin, whose X-ray crystallography with Raymond Gosling facilitated the discovery of the DNA double helix by James D. Watson and Francis Crick. It was recognized by as the Best Educational Resource of 2012 in their review of the Top Bioinformatics Contributions of 2012. As of October 2014, it hosts over 20,000 problem solvers.

Rosalind is used to teach the first Bioinformatics Algorithms course on Coursera in 2013,[4] including interactive learning materials hosted on Stepic.[5]


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