> what do you do with bioinformatics ...
I do a lot of things:
1- Look for biological meaning on new found DNA sequences. At the company I work in, we have a DNA sequencer machine, when we get a new sequence (almost everyday) I have to analyse it using very specific bioinformatic software to search for function and mutations.
2- Design primers for PCR analysis. That is useful for people on the lab.
3- Mantain DNA and protein sequence database.
> what CAN a computer programmer DO w/
> bioinformatics ...
> and ... is the same context... what CAN
> a biologist DO w/ a computer program ...
There a lot things that could be done. The take an insight of that, I suggest you 2 websites: www.bioinformatics.org and bioinformatica.info (last one is my own :)
> I haven't met a competent computer
> literate biologist EVER ... nor have i
> met a vice-versa competent programmer
> that could understand fundamentals of
> biology .. and it's applications/theory
> through medicine ...
It's very hard to find people with proefency in Bio and CompSci. But look at the people who made EMBOSS (http://www.hgmp.mrc.ac.uk/Software/EMBOSS/) or the people at BioPERL, BioPython, BioJAVA and other Bio* projects. They are very skilled on both things.