Botanist Steve Perlman has spent so much time among Hawaii’s plants that losing one feels like losing a family member. He’s racing to save rare plants in what he has dubbed the “extinction capital of the world.”

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What Is Biophysics?

Biophysics is an interdisciplinary science that uses the methods of physical science to study biological systems. Studies include all levels of biological organization, from the molecular scale to whole organisms. Biophysicists are concerned with understanding the interactions between the various systems of a cell, as well as how these interactions are regulated. A great variety of techniques are used to answer these questions. Biophysicists are often able to directly observe, model or even manipulate the structures and interactions of molecules.

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Interested in a career that combines agriculture and computer science? Then consider a career in bioinformatics.

Bioinformatics experts grow row after row of data. This new, innovative field of work fuses biology, computer science and information technology to accelerate innovation. These scientists work closely with plant breeders and geneticists who generate volumes of data that require complex statistical treatment. They organize this vast crop of information by creating and maintaining

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