An intelligent 15-year-old I know is interested in both computer science and genetics. I told her that these fields make an excellent combination. I'd like to give her a book on bioinformatics or computational genomics. I'm looking for a fun book, not a textbook. Specifically, it should inspire people to want to study the field, not aim to provide in-depth knowledge itself. I am not interested in books on genetic algorithms. Any suggestions?
this is a very broad question so am going to answer it with decent lists found across the internet most of which are sorted by some criteria (eg bestsellers, top review counts, etc). also there are so many bioinformatics books now and one strategy might be to simply go with your favorite publisher. there are some that come up often in CS areas eg O'Reilly. also, even the "x for Dummies" book series has a bioinformatics title which might be of interest to those who like that publisher. another option is to narrow it down by your algorithmic angle eg there is one based on Python and there are others that emphasize other statistical packages, etc.;
as for your tricky criteria of "inspirational" it may make sense to look for biographies of scientists in the field or stories about successful startups, and if the student is into CS, then programming exercises might verge on "inspirational".
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