Politics, Information Technology, and Genomics

The Bully YouTube

In recent years, the term "bully pulpit" has erroneously become conflated with the modern meaning of the word bully, someone who harasses or intimidates. As such, people see the term as pejorative, an indication that someone is abusing power. This is more than wrong, it is unfortunate, as a look at history and the true meaning of bully pulpit will show. The term bully pulpit was coined by Theodore Roosevelt. As anyone who has seen... Full Post

Peace, Love and Understanding

I am thankful for Stephen Colbert, a bear that ate Elvis Costello, Willie Nelson, Feist, John Legend, and yes, even Toby Keith. The Colbert ReportMon - Thurs 11:30pm / 10:30c A Colbert Christmas: Peace, Love and Understanding Colbert at ChristmasColbert Christmas DVD Green ScreenBill O'Reilly Interview Full Post

Party with a Purpose

Last night the St. Louis Crisis Nursery Young Professional Board hosted its first event, Party with a Purpose, at Bar Napoli in Clayton. The evening was a big success: it sold out, everyone had a great time, and, most importantly, we raised a lot of money for the Nursery. Thanks to everyone who came, including Olympic Gold Medal winner Lori Chalupny and St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley, and special thanks to our sponsors Stephen... Full Post

MO shame

Yesterday, Missouri was called for Sen. McCain. He has won Missouri 1,445,812 to 1,442,180; a margin of 3,632 or 0.126%. When taken at face value, it appears Sen. Obama made up a lot of ground compared to the previous Democratic presidential nominee who lost by 8%. However, when compared to the results of this year's Missouri gubernatorial race where Democrat Jay Nixon defeated Republican Kenny Hulshof 1,680,611 to 1,136,363, a margin of over 19%, one... Full Post

Junk DNA no more

The New York Times has a good article, Now - The Rest of the Genome, on the latest research on genes and the non-protein-encoding parts of the genome. As reported in our recent AML paper, while we found many somatic variants (i.e., variants specific to the cancer genome) throughout the genome, at present we are really only able to interpret those variants that fall in genes. Research such as that described in the New York... Full Post