Perl As Programming Language of Choice for Biologists!!

Perl as Programming Language of Choice for Biologists!!


Why Biologists (Bioinformaticians or Bioinformaticists, if the scientific jargon is to be preferred) Prefer Perl?

I am a bioinformaticist, and love Perl over all other computer languages when it comes to programming in biology. This is not only my case, majority of the biologists prefer Perl for their bioinformatics’ tasks. Perl can be given the status of being the mainstay programming language in the field of Bioinformatics or Computational Biology. There must be some reasons why this is the case; actually there are some very strong points that favor the use of Perl in biology over the other lot of available programming languages. But, to be honest, at times, other computer programming languages can be of more benefit than Perl, at least for a specific task. If you are not acquainted with Perl, click here for, what the heck is Perl? In this article, I will explain why it is justified to consider Perl as programming language of choice for biologists, and for the sake of information, I would like to tell that even the non-biologists too prefer it much!

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The Hedgehog – the Spiny Ball!!

The Hedgehog – the Spiny Ball!!


A Piece of Poetry, from the Pen of an Earnest Biologist (Aditya Sardana aka Adidarwinian), dedicated to The Hedgehog – the Spiny Ball!!


“Look out under the log,

There lives a hedgehog,
It does not appear when the Sun shines,
Only to appear in the night as a ball of spines.”


Hedgehogs are found in the Europe, Africa, and Asia. Hedgehogs are the insectivorous (feeding on insects; insectivores) animals belonging to the subfamily Erinaceinae of the family Erinaceidae of the order Erinaceomorpha of the class Mammalia. Other members of the family Erinaceidae include the gymnures (subfamily Galericinae). The name “hedgehog” comes from its occurrence in the hedges or hedgerows, the pig-like (hog-like) snout, and the pig-like deep guttural sound made by it while searching for food.

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The Hayabusa Motorbike – Bird That Flies on the Road!!

The Hayabusa Motorbike – Bird That Flies on the Road!!


It is very apt for me to call the motorbike – Hayabusa – as “Bird That Flies on the Road”. What makes me do so is the subject of this paper which is sure to raise your adrenaline to colossal levels. Before proceeding further, it’s quite appropriate here to make my readers remember the popular American television series – Street Hawk. The thirteen episodes of this 1985’s much applauded TV thriller hovered around state of the art motorcycle capable of achieving speeds of over 300 miles per hour. I would now stop talking about any fictitious bike and would take you to a breakthrough in engineering that happened in the year before the arrival of the current millennium.


An Engineering Marvel Unleashed!


Hayabusa is a high-performance motorcycle, developed by Suzuki, which is famous for its immense power. Suzuki Hayabusa is one of the extreme machines to drive on the road, and can be aptly called as the “Rocket on Wheels” because of the astonishingly high speeds that it can attain. First model of this engineering marvel was developed in the year 1999. It broke the ultimate-velocity record of Kawasaki Ninja ZX-11 by achieving the overwhelming speed of 312 km/h or 194 mph (miles per hour). Hayabusa won the honor of the world’s fastest production motorcycle for the year 1999-2000. In order to stop speed genies running amok, a gentlemen’s agreement was signed by the manufacturers to limit the maximum speed achievable to 186 mph (300 km/h). Thus, current maximum speed of Hayabusa, is thus, limited to 186 mph (300 km/h). Hayabusa is acclaimed as the fastest production motorcycle of the 20th century or the fastest production motorcycle of the last millennium.

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