Politics, Information Technology, and Genomics

In defense of defensive programming

Someone emails me asking why a bioinformatics program (more specifically a short-read aligner) that works for someone else gives them a segmentation fault when they try to run it using the same command-line arguments. The program is written in C and is being run on a computer running GNU/Linux. This problem has caused him quite a bit of consternation and it is only after a while he emails me wondering why. After looking at the... Full Post

The Audacity of Hope

Yes, I stole the title, but not for the reasons you might think. The Iowa caucuses were yesterday and the majority of Democrats and Republicans voted for change. The change candidates, Barak Obama, John Edwards, Mike Huckabee, John McCain, and Ron Paul all did better than expected. The experience candidates were handed a resounding defeat. But can it be sustained? When will the moneyed interests step up an make their choices known? When will the... Full Post

Welcome to PolITiGenomics

Welcome to a blog about the confluence (and sometimes incongruence) of several of the most important topics surrounding the future of human health: genomics, information technology, and politics. In other words, PolITiGenomics. Future posts will cover each of these topics and sometimes the overlap between them. With the 2008 primary, caucus, and election season in full swing and the advent of next generation sequencing, there should be a lot to talk about. Full Post