Politics, Information Technology, and Genomics

Do laws protect rights?

Recently I wrote a post about the Senate passing GINA. There was an interesting comment from the watchdogonscience that echoes his post on the subject. Just as discrimination against race and gender still occur despite enactment of laws to protect us, the new genetic bias law will not protect you from discrimination. If your employer or insurance company discriminates against you due to genetic profiling, it will be YOUR responsibility to provide evidence to prove... Full Post

Coburn at it again

Sen. Tom Coburn is at it again. This time he has joined forces with six other Republican Senators to stop President Bush's proposed increase in funding for PEPFAR (President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief). The bill has overwhelming bipartisan support and will save many lives, yet the Democratic leadership of the Senate seems unwilling to push the issue. Is this how "leaders" should behave? Full Post

A new home

I'm moving. Well, at least my blog is moving. PolITiGenomics is moving to its own domain. Check out the new home, www.politigenomics.com. The RSS feed URL should be unaffected, but you may see a deluge of "new" posts since the URLs of all the posts have changed. Full Post

Moyers on The Daily Show

Bill Moyers was on The Daily Show last night to talk about his new book, Moyers on Democracy. The wide-ranging interview covers a lot of interesting topics. The Colbert Report also had a funny bit on some recent footage that surfaced of Bill O'Reilly. Be sure to keep watching through the "old footage" of Colbert. Full Post

N Genomes

Earlier this week there were several meetings about the 1000 Genomes Project at Cold Spring Harbor Labs. The first meeting Monday morning was about data flow and data repositories. NCBI's Short Read Archive (SRA) and the equivalent at EBI (which should be ready in a month or two) will house all the data. The pilot projects for the 1000 Genomes Project just started less than two months ago and have already generated as much sequence... Full Post