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Our teacher assigned us a project to do with an extremely open-ended prompt and it should be completed within a month. I was planning on doing something related to computation and evolution in terms of biology although I'm not really sure where to start. I say simple because I'm not a professional programmer, rather, extremely interested in the field and I hope to use this as an opportunity to stretch by skills. Any ideas on a project or where to start would be greatly appreciated.

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    $\begingroup$ Welcome to the site. Unfortunately, Biology.SE is not a forum, and your question is quite opinion-based. From the help center, If your motivation for asking the question is “I would like to participate in a discussion about ______”, then you should not be asking here. However, simple Google searches will turn up plenty of hits for project ideas as well as sites where this type of discussion would be on-topic, such as Reddit or Quora. Good luck! $\endgroup$ – MattDMo May 19 '16 at 2:18
  • $\begingroup$ This could be an appreciated discussion at Reddit bioinformatics. Ask where to start, what are easy to use and quick tools, and how to get something meaningful out of the results. $\endgroup$ – James May 19 '16 at 6:26
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You can use BLAST or NCBI resources to do an analysis of something like the duplication of a gene in the HIV virus, for example. If you're looking for a place to start, I would recommend just learning the NCBI database resources.

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In addition to what Ham Radio suggested, checking out Galaxy might not be a bad idea for doing any sort of computation/analysis that would otherwise have to be done on the command line. In particular, check out tools for sequence alignment (BWA and Bowtie), genome assembly (Velvet, Spades, IDBA-UD), and variant analysis (Freebayes, Mpileup, GATK). Good luck!

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