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It's not so much a matter of intelligence (although that is important), but a matter of ability. Companies are much more interested in a demonstrated ability to program, and one of the easiest ways is to actually build something that you can show off. So if you really want to get yourself noticed you should put up some personal projects on something like github or contribute to open source projects. And considering you are a biochemist, there are lots of interesting open source projects in your language of choice that are being used for sequence analysis, phylogeny, cell simulation, etc. :)



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