The deluge of biological sequences ranging from those of proteins, DNA and RNA to genomes has increased the models for their representation, which are further used to contrast those sequences. Here we present a brief bibliometric description of the research area devoted to representation of biological sequences and highlight the semiotic reaches of this process. Finally, we argue that this research area needs further research according to the evolution of mathematical chemistry and its drawbacks are required to be overcome.
biological sequences, representations, mathematical chemistry, semiotics, bibliometrics, sociology of science
Max Planck Institute for Mathematics in the Sciences, Leipzig, Germany; Interdisciplinary Center for Bioinformatics, Universität Leipzig, Leipzig