Politics, Information Technology, and Genomics

Justice served?

Despite talk of the power of all those small donors, it seems, not surprisingly, that big money has not lost all influence in Washington. President-elect Obama has selected one of the RIAA's favorite lawyers, Tom Perrelli, for Associate Attorney General (the number three spot at the Justice Department). Not only that, the Deputy Attorney General (the number two position at Justice) is set to be filled by David Ogden, who's department at Justice (when he... Full Post

We made Parade

Our sequencing of the first cancer genome made Parade Magazine's Breakthroughs Of The Year. I guess we have really made it. Full Post

Elaine Mardis on Cancer in Technology Review

Elaine Mardis, Co-Director of The Genome Center has a brief article in the January/February 2009 issue of Technology Review discussing the application of next-generation sequencing technologies to cancer research entitled Cancer Genomics: DNA sequencing will transform our understanding of cancer. In the same issue, there is an article that discusses the oncoming age of genomics, including its affect on personalized medicine, "third-generation" sequencing technology player Pacific Biosciences, and the Personal Genome Project. Full Post

CC bioinformatics

Thanks to the beauty of Creative Commons, the folks over at CLC bio have posted a version of my next-generation sequencing informatics table that adds a new metric, Yield per hour: NGS Platform Overview. Their updated table is also available under a CC-BY-SA license. Full Post

1000 Genome SNPs released

The 1000 Genomes Project has announced its initial release of SNP data from four of the individuals sequenced to high depth-of-coverage as part of the second pilot project (trios). Here is the announcement from Paul Flicek of EBI and the 1000 Genomes Data Coordination Center (and formerly of Washington University). Dear All, I'm pleased to provide everyone a stocking stuffer in the form of the first release of data from the 1000 Genomes project. The... Full Post