2. When you should use local persons to do your bioinformatics work: Part 2

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If you worry about your own capacity to lead and direct the young guys when they dive into those bioinformatics problems, I suggest that you sit back and just watch for a while. It is amazing how the way people learn things have changed in the information age: these days young people are relying more on the Internet than on their mentors and senior colleagues in learning those “technical stuff” - something those of us who went to graduate schools in the 1990s need to adapt to. I tend to think that today’s training of grad students and postdoc trainees should focus more on helping them organize ideas and develop insights towards solving scientific problems, than offering hands-on experience in carrying out detailed tasks: they can find their own way on the detailed matters. But this is a separate topic - maybe I will write another article about it…

Of course, each student and trainee is different from any other one, and not all of them are the “bioinformatics type”. You will want to see how enthusiastic your student or trainee is about the idea of diving into bioinformatics with limited guidance from you, evaluate the likelihood that it is going to work with the individual, and be ready to pull the plug if it does not.

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