Politics, Information Technology, and Genomics

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

AML genome news

Here is some of the coverage in the press of the AML cancer genome sequencing paper: Science News, The New York Times, WUSM MedNews, Washington Post, Reuters, MIT Technology Review. Or, you can search on Google News. Below is a segment from the CBS Evening News featuring Rick Wilson, Director of The Genome Center. Watch CBS Videos Online Update: Added CBS video. Full Post

Tim Russert

There have been many times over the past few months that we have needed Tim Russert. There have been many times he has been missed, but perhaps no time more acutely than tonight. Full Post

Politics and the English Language

This past weekend, Newsweek posted a good story about one of my favorite authors, George Orwell. The story, entitled Why We Need to Call a Pig a Pig (With Or Without Lipstick), discusses, among other things, his terrific essay on the sloppiness of the English language, Politics and the English Language. If you have not read it, it is well worth your time. I particularly like the last paragraph of the article, as it is... Full Post


Well, it is all more or less over, except for the voting. You can find out where you are supposed to vote using the 2008 US Voter Info Google Maps application. You can find information on voting, polling places, ballot initiatives, and sample ballots on your state's Secretary of State web site. If you live in Missouri, you can enter your personal information on the Vote Missouri web site to find your polling place and... Full Post