Politics, Information Technology, and Genomics

Dumming it down

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Bioinformatics and cloud computing

From the Using clouds for parallel computations in systems biology workshop at the recent SC09 conference (Informatics Iron writeup) to last month's Genome Informatics meeting, everyone in bioinformatics is talking about cloud computing these days. Last week Steven Salzberg's group published a paper on their Crossbow tool entitled Searching for SNPs with cloud computing (Cloudera blog post on Crossbow). In the paper the authors describe how they were able to analyze the human sequence data... Full Post

Corn genome sequenced published

Chalk another one up for the corn lobby (damn those Iowa caucuses!), the maize genome has been published. More seriously, this maize genome reference sequence, much like the human genome reference sequence, provides a foundation for truly revolutionary research into the relationship between genotypes and specific traits and, since genetic engineering is slightly more acceptable in corn than humans, developing strains of corn that can thrive in, for example, warmer, drier climates. The Genome Center... Full Post

Eric Green new head of NHGRI

Eric Green, head of NHGRI Intramural Research and the NHGRI Intramural Sequencing Center, has been named as the new National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) Director. A Washington University in St. Louis alum and former faculty member, Dr. Green has deep experience in genomics and will no doubt be a good leader at NHGRI. Full Post

For the people?

Why are Sens. Lieberman and Bayh threatening to filibuster health care bills if they contain a "public option"? Well, both Senators and their wives receive large sums of money from the private health insurance industry. Millions of dollars. Is this why? Does it matter? Just the fact that this question is relevant indicates something is severely wrong with our system of campaign finance and lobbying. You can learn more about their relationships with the private... Full Post