Politics, Information Technology, and Genomics

Stimulated HMP

I should have mentioned in my previous post on HMP funding that the number of grants awarded and the total amount awarded was larger than the original request for applications specified thanks to the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) (i.e., the much-debated stimulus). I guess this is another example of ARRA not fixing in four months an economic crisis that was twenty years in the making. I also forgot to mention that we at... Full Post

OSCON lead up

Last week I did an interview with James Turner at O'Reilly about my upcoming talk at OSCON. It turns out that James is a bit of a genomics nut and therefore had a lot of insightful questions about the current state of genomics and health. Hopefully my responses were as good as his questions. You can judge for yourself by listening to the interview or reading the transcript: Sequencing a Genome a Week. Update: The... Full Post

Medical pioneers

U.S. News & World Report has a new article about pioneers in the field of medical research. Included in the list are The Genome Center's very own Elaine Mardis and Rick Wilson. The article discusses our work sequencing the first cancer genome and our plans to sequence 150 more by early next year. Full Post

VarScan published

VarScan, a tool developed at The Genome Center to detect variants in massively parallel sequence data has been published in Bioinformatics. VarScan can process both 454 and Solexa data of individuals or pools. You can find more information about VarScan in a post by Dan Koboldt, one of the paper's and VarScan's authors. Full Post

HMP funding announced

The major funding announcements for the Human Microbiome Project were made public today. Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis really stands out amongst those awarded grants. As the NIH press release indicates, in addition to the The Genome Center's $16.1M large-scale sequencing grant (the largest of the sequencing grants), Ellen Li, MD, PhD, Greg Storch, MD, and Phil Tarr, MD, each received about $1M demonstration project grants to study Crohn's disease, viruses that... Full Post