Recent technological developments have dramatically improved the analysis of biological building blocks like DNA and proteins. This allows researchers to study biological systems at a previously unthinkable level of detail.
The large quantities of data that are produced by the new technology rapidly turn biological research into a data-intensive science. The challenge biologists now face is to extract useful information from this data explosion. This calls for specialist software applications, a number of which are described in this thesis.
For specific projects collaboration of a biologist with a bioinformatician is in order. This effectively combines knowledge of the biological domain with data analysis expertise. Two of such collaborative projects are included in this thesis. General conclusion of the thesis: the computer is becoming an essential tool for biological research and that makes a good understanding of computational data analysis methods indispensible for nearly every biological researcher.