A new and quicker way of conducting research is being pioneered at Iowa StateUniversity. It’s called “Bio-informatics” and Drena (dree’-nuh) Dobbs chairsthe new program.Dobbs says “bio-informatics” uses the power of math and computers to read the”genetic code” of plants and animals. By using those kinds of calculations,research time on critical experiments is drastically reduced, according toDobbs.Dobbs says using math and computer skills, researchers can quickly pinpointpotential break-throughs in experiments searching for genes which causedisease.Dobbs expects hundreds of students to apply for the new I-S-U masters anddoctorate programs in “bio-informatics” which will open in the Springsemester.