Politics, Information Technology, and Genomics

HiSeq 2000

Today Illumina announced their new, high-throughput sequencing instrument, the HiSeq 2000. Sure, the name isn't that great, but the capabilities, if not game changing, are a significant step forward: the HiSeq 2000 can sequence a tumor/normal pair to 30× coverage in one 8-day run. How does it achieve this five-fold improvement in throughput over current second-generation sequencing technologies? What it doesn't do is change the fundamentals of the Illumina sequencing technology. The HiSeq 2000 uses... Full Post

The End of Idealism II

"Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it." — The Life of Reason, George Santayana Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy P.S. It's not just Republicans who have selective memories. Full Post

Panic button

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Head in the clouds

It seems that due to my recent post, Bioinformatics and cloud computing, I have been labeled a cloud skeptic. While I don't reject that label outright, I won't accept it either. If I may label myself, I would call myself a cloud realist. My first piece of evidence is that at the end of my previous post I specifically state, "This is all not to say that there is not a place for cloud and... Full Post

Health care expansion expands more than just coverage

Fareed Zakaria is one of those rare news analysts that has a deep understanding of issues and is able to distill complex topics into their most salient points. Early this past November, nearly two months before the Senate even passed a bill, Mr. Zakaria's column in Newsweek had this to say about the health care overhaul. There are two great health-care crises in America—one involving coverage and the other cost. The Obama plan appears likely... Full Post