Politics, Information Technology, and Genomics

Breast cancer quartet

Today in Nature our recent research studying basal-like breast cancer as compared to normal DNA, a subsequent brain metastasis, and a xenograft derived from the primary tumor (a xenograft is the implantation of a portion of the tumor biopsy into the fatty tissue of an immunodeficient mouse) was published along with an commentary by Joe Gray. Surprisingly, while the xenograft was derived from the primary tumor, its mutational profile had many characteristics similar to that... Full Post


Just wanted to let everyone know that The Genome Center is now on Facebook and Twitter. So become a fan a listen to our tweets (immediately after typing that sentence I got the overwhelming feeling that I am an old dork who uses hipster jargon to try to sound cool). Full Post


I know it's two posts in a row, but here is another clip from The Daily Show worth checking out. The Daily Show With Jon Stewart Mon - Thurs 11p / 10c The Big Bang Treaty www.thedailyshow.com Daily Show Full Episodes Political Humor Tea Party I would encourage you to check out Media Matters to get some sense of the breadth and depth of deception in the popular media on this and other issues. Full Post

Race to the bottom

Yesterday on NPR there was a story reporting new details on the assassination of Salvadoran Archbishop Oscar Romero. Of course, according to one member of the Texas school board, no one knows who Oscar Romero is, so I suppose there is no need to report on things like this. The Daily Show With Jon Stewart Mon - Thurs 11p / 10c Don't Mess With Textbooks www.thedailyshow.com Daily Show Full Episodes Political Humor Health Care Reform... Full Post

Sing like a bird

The zebra finch reference genome and several companion papers are being published today in Nature and Genome Research. The zebra finch is a model for human vocal development and it is hoped that a better understanding of its genome and the genes involved in learning song can shed light on how humans learn language. These learnings may be helpful to researchers studying diseases that slow language development such as autism. Wes Warren of The Genome... Full Post