Politics, Information Technology, and Genomics

Expanding the memory

In my recent post on Martin Luther King, Jr., I wrote about how our memory of the man was being oversimplified. Taylor Branch gave a speech and wrote an opinion piece in the New York Times discussing the same topic, albeit much more completely and eloquently. Also, for those who saw my original posting and not the updates, be sure to check out Bill Moyers' pieces on the Kerner Commission Report and Newark Mayor Cory... Full Post


Early morning, April 4 A shot rings out in the Memphis sky Free at last, they took your life They could not take your pride In the name of love Pride (in the Name of Love) - U2 Forty years ago today, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was shot and killed in Memphis. He was there in support of the striking sanitation workers. The previous evening, he gave what has come to be... Full Post


No, this post is not about the latest Fender guitar. It is about the Illumina Genome Analyzer II (or GA2), formerly known as the Hyperkaster. This latest rev of the Solexa instrument boasts an almost entirely new optics system, wider flow cell lanes, faster run times, longer reads, and about twice as much data per run. The camera has been upgraded from a 1 megapixel CCD to a 4 megapixel CCD, thus each picture (or... Full Post

Mass genomics

A colleague of mine in our human analysis group, Dan Koboldt, has started a blog called Mass Genomics. His first blog post is about his efforts to develop methodologies to detect and annotate indels from cDNA sequence generated on the 454 FLX platform. Full Post

We're #3! We're #3!...

It doesn't quite have the same ring as "We're #1", but it's not bad to be the third ranked research medical school in the country. U.S. News and World Report has released its annual rankings of graduate schools and Washington University School of Medicine was ranked third among all medical schools. For individual programs, Washington University Medical School programs in Occupational Therapy tied for first, Physical Therapy tied for second, and Audiology and Communication Sciences... Full Post