Nature in Code, new ebook by CIDD’s Marcel Salathé

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In prime time for a grad student winter break project, Marcel Salathé‘s new ebook, Nature in Code, came out this week, published Dec. 17. The book covers key biological concepts from natural selection and topics in evolution to modeling the spread of infectious diseases. Combining an overview of each topic with examples and exercises to apply biological concepts using JavaScript, the book is ambitious and dense, but provides an enjoyable way for biologists to learn the JavaScript programming language while applying programming skills to questions of interest.

Want to see how Hardy Weinburg assumptions will affect genotype frequencies several generations later? The book lays out how to code the simulation. Interested in trying a spatial spread model for an epidemic? Marcel walks us through a how-to in chapter 7.

The ebook is available online with a suggested donation of $19.95 through Leanpub, accessed here.

Happy coding.

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Johanna Ohm is a graduate student in Biology at Penn State University.
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