PolITiGenomics


Politics, Information Technology, and Genomics

Internally inconsistent

The same news commentators who defended the previous administration's shortcomings now use those same incidents to label the current administration's difficulties (starting at about 5:00). So are they now saying that the previous administration had failures, or that the current administration is handling them well? I suppose what they are really saying is that there are limits to their powers of persuasion ("Rosebud!"). The Daily Show With Jon Stewart Mon - Thurs 11p / 10c... Full Post


Rationale of a human-truck hybrid

Lawrence Lessig uses Sen. Scott Brown's (R-MA) inability to explain why he opposes the financial reform bill as further reason that the way we fund elections (or, rather, politicians) needs to be reformed. Scott Brown, Massachusetts' new senator, opposes legislation in Congress that would strengthen regulations for Wall Street. But when a reporter recently asked him why he's against this bill, Brown couldn't give an answer. He's against financial reform, but he has no idea... Full Post


Permanent campaign

NPR has a series this week about the current level of distrust Americans have with government. The latest installment, Americans Distrust Congress? That's No Surprise, ties some of the low opinion of Congress to the highly partisan rhetoric. What the story hints at, but does not state explicitly, is that partisan rhetoric is a positive feedback loop. Those who pay attention to politics, and therefore fund campaigns and watch political shows, tend to be more... Full Post


Lightning strike

A previous cloud post, Puff piece, has gotten a bit of attention from Jason Stowe and Informatics Iron. While the Informatics Iron piece was positive, Mr. Stowe took issue with some of the points I made. First, he says that my claim that IT and software engineering is needed to get things running on the cloud is inaccurate. You are implying that to get running in the cloud, an end user must worry about the... Full Post


Breast cancer quartet

Today in Nature our recent research studying basal-like breast cancer as compared to normal DNA, a subsequent brain metastasis, and a xenograft derived from the primary tumor (a xenograft is the implantation of a portion of the tumor biopsy into the fatty tissue of an immunodeficient mouse) was published along with an commentary by Joe Gray. Surprisingly, while the xenograft was derived from the primary tumor, its mutational profile had many characteristics similar to that... Full Post