Politics, Information Technology, and Genomics

The real electoral map

Around election time, there is always a lot of talk about red states and blue states, but as with most things presented by the media, the true picture is less strident than reality. Here is a map from Mark Newman, Paul Dirac Collegiate Professor of Physics at the University of Michigan, showing electoral college results with each state resized according to its share of the electoral college vote. While the map clearly shows that Sen.... Full Post


Dr. Tim Ley of The Genome Center is going to be a guest on NPR's Talks of the Nation Science Friday today. He will be talking about the AML paper published in Nature yesterday. The show starts at 2 p.m. EST but will be interrupted on our local NPR station, KWMU 90.7 FM, for President-elect Obama's press conference at 2:20 p.m. EST. So if you want to listen, it might be better to listen on-line... Full Post

Keystone award for data center

The Genome Center's new Data Center Building won the prestigious (I'm told) Keystone Award for Project of the Year from the St. Louis Association of General Contractors. This award is given to construction projects in the St. Louis area for building excellence in the fields of safety, constructibility, speed, budget, etc. You can see more pictures of the data center on flickr. Now that we have moved in, I will post some more pictures as... Full Post

Just words

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. The Declaration of Independence - July 4, 1776 It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave... Full Post

First whole cancer genome sequenced

In tomorrow's issue of Nature, three papers detailing the sequencing of entire human genomes are being published. All of the sequencing reported in the papers was generated using the Illumina/Solexa next-generation sequencing platform. The first paper, Accurate whole human genome sequencing using reversible terminator chemistry, describes the deep sequencing of a YRI (African) HapMap individual by Illumina. The second paper, The diploid genome sequence of an Asian individual, marks the publication of the first Asian... Full Post