Politics, Information Technology, and Genomics

Remove the plank in your own eye...

There was an interesting quote during the dust up around Sen. Obama's recent comments about his uncle helping to liberate the Auschwitz concentration camp (actually it was his great uncle that helped to liberate one of the concentration camps at Buchenwald). Republican National Committee spokesman Alex Conant said Obama's comments "raise questions about his judgment and his readiness to lead as commander in chief." This from a party who is fielding a candidate who can't... Full Post

Francis Collins stepping down

Francis Collins is stepping down as director of the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) effective August 1, 2008. He's had a heck of a run, from overseeing the Human Genome Project on to the direct application of sequencing technology to human health issues in projects like the Tumor Sequencing Project and The Cancer Genome Atlas. It is fitting that only days before he announced he is stepping down, the legislation he has worked tirelessly... Full Post

The geek shall inherit the earth

David Brooks has an entertaining, if not a bit tongue in cheek, analysis of the rise of geekdom and its role in politics. Of course, David Brooks is a pretty cool geek himself. Full Post

Presidential candidates' tech policies

Ars Technica is running a piece on Sens. McCain and Obama's positions on issues important to the tech community. More specifically, the piece covers a forum with technology representatives from each of their campaigns. These issues likely will not see the light of day in any presidential debates, so read up when you can. Full Post

How HIV works

Here is a pretty interesting video describing how HIV infects a cell and ultimately its host. Full Post