Politics, Information Technology, and Genomics

When the future tense is past

After watching the two major party conventions this last two weeks, it seems Americans have a choice between two parties that both have a tenuous relationship with the present. The Democratic Party thinks only about tomorrow, and only if Sen. Obama is elected. The Republican Party seems to have forgotten that they were in charge the last eight years. Each night of their convention, the RNC speakers railed continuously against the broken politics of Washington... Full Post

The Cancer Genome Atlas

The Cancer Genome Atlas Research Network has published its first paper, Comprehensive genomic characterization defines human glioblastoma genes and core pathways. This paper reports several novel mutations in brain cancer and reflects a tremendous effort of a truly cross-discipline and cross-institution consortium. I'll post more on this and other cancer-related efforts soon. In the meantime, you can read the coverage in the press: NIH, Nature, Washington University Medical News, AP, GenomeWeb, and Wired (or choose... Full Post

(S)he said, (s)he said

People in politics should realize that everything they say is recorded. Remember all the things the pundits and Republicans said before Gov. Palin was selected as Sen. McCain's VP pick? The Daily Show does. I said "Who put all those things in your head? Things that make me feel that I'm mad And you're making me feel like I've never been born." She Said, She Said — The Beatles Full Post

Candidates on science

Scientists and Engineers for America have posted Sen. Obama's responses to questions they sent him regarding his stance on a variety of science-related issues. Sen. McCain has not responded, but SEA has an analysis of his positions. There is also a chart comparing the two candidates' positions on scientific issues. Below is a summary of the candidates' major differences on these issues. Sen. Obama favors subsidies for alternative fuels and Sen. McCain does not Sen.... Full Post

reCAPTCHA on comments

I've been getting a lot of spam comments on the blog so I added a CAPTCHA to comment posting. Specifically, I have added CAPTCHA's from the reCAPTCHA project which uses CAPTCHA's to help digitize old books. Adding the CAPTCHA's was greatly facilitated by the WordPress reCAPTCHA plugin. So rest assured, every time you post a comment, you are helping to enlarge the freely available intellectual commons. Full Post