Politics, Information Technology, and Genomics

Patenting the A-Bomb

As you may have intuited from some previous posts, I am a big proponent of free software (or free/libre/open source software (FLOSS)). For many involved in this arena, the interest spills over into intellectual property issues like copyright and patent reform. That is why I license all original content on my blog with a Creative Commons license. Well, there was a very interesting story on Morning Edition this morning about the patents filed on the... Full Post

More work to be done

A significant amount of effort in genomics over the past year has focused on cancer-related sequencing. However, as a recent story on the role of genetics in schizophrenia demonstrates, there are many conditions that have a devastating impact on human health that, if not diseases of the genome, are greatly affected by an individual's genome. The 1000 Genomes Project will lay a significant foundation for studying the role of the genome in such conditions. In... Full Post

The latest and the greatest

Intel has recently announced their designs for new, more powerful CPU and GPU chips. I am sure AMD will follow soon with some whiz bang designs. My question is, does anyone care? Sure computers can do more now, but does anyone ask them to? Desktops and laptops can easily handle all the stuff people ask them to do. In most scientific disciplines, software is not capable of taking advantage of the multi-core capabilities of modern... Full Post

UHTS data exchange

I am returning from a meeting on ultra-high throughput sequence (UHTS) data exchange. I know what you are thinking, "That sounds like an exciting two days!" UHTS (or next-gen sequencing or massively parallel sequencing) has greatly expanded the application of genome sequencing across a wide spectrum of biologic research. What used to be reserved for large sequencing centers and large international projects is now in the purview of individual researchers. The economics of sequencing are... Full Post

Generate new limbs, the easy way

Researchers at Duke recently discovered how microRNAs play a role in the ability of the zebrafish to regenerate its fins. While a long way off, scientists hope the research will lead to new insights into how to prompt human tissues, such as the heart after a heart attack, to fix itself. The Genome Center has played a role in zebrafish genomic research by sequencing EST libraries. Full Post