For the record, Ewan Birney’s post on “5 statistical things I wished I had been taught 20 years ago” is pure genius. Anyone who’s designing a bioinformatics program should absolutely take it to heart.
Although I think R is pure Evil, he’s even right on that point. Being a bioinformatician is way easier if you know how to use it. I curse the “Statistics for Biologists” course I took nearly 15 years ago for having been a useless collection of crap. If they’d have covered anything on Ewan’s list, I’d have been a better bioinformatician from the start – and I’d probably have paid a lot more attention to the course.