Alfred Thompson has written a series of good articles about programming, and why to take the classes, etc. But where is computer science being developed and refined to really save lives? Chapel Hill held a 2 day conference titled: Microsoft Biology Foundation Workshop 2011. This covered the open source tools for biological investigation and analysis. For the conference syllabus see: http://research.microsoft.com/en-us/events/mbf2011-chapelhill/
The basis for this conference is the Microsoft Biology Foundation at http://research.microsoft.com/en-us/projects/bio/mbf.aspx, here you will find a bunch of stuff that I definitely will be blogging about in the future.
What’s cool, is that it really should point out that if you are doing Computer Science a biology minor could lead to well paying jobs that can help save lives.