Politics, Information Technology, and Genomics


The National Cancer Institute (NCI) posted a couple stories that discuss, directly and indirectly, the Pediatric Cancer Genome Project. The first, St. Jude, Washington University Launch Genome Project for Childhood Cancers, is, obviously, about the project. The second is A Conversation about Sequencing Cancer Genomes with Dr. Elaine Mardis. Full Post

Data Center in St. Louis Commerce Magazine

There is a story about regional data centers in the Jan/Feb 2010 issue of St. Louis Commerce Magazine that includes a section on our Genome Data Center; the only regional data center to achieve LEED certification (and gold at that!). Unfortunately, the issue seems to only be available as part of a Flash application, so I cannot link to the story, only to the issue and tell you that the data center story starts on... Full Post

Bad Influence

I'm not talking about Rob Lowe, but about the corrupting influence of money in politics. Watch the talk Lawrence Lessig recently gave at the conservative Cato Institute to learn how bad it is, and how it is likely to become much worse. And for fun, watch Stephen Colbert's take on it. The Colbert Report Mon - Thurs 11:30pm / 10:30c The Word - Prece-Don't www.colbertnation.com Colbert Report Full Episodes Political Humor Economy And finally, do... Full Post

Hard lessons

What should the Democrats learn from their fall from grace over the past year? There are a lot of opinions as to what exactly the recent losses mean and what the Democrats and President Obama should do. Two of the more interesting come from David Brooks in Politics in the Age of Distrust and Drew Western in Obama Finally Gets His Victory For Bipartisanship. Full Post

Pediatric Cancer Genome Project

Today, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis announced a joint Pediatric Cancer Genome Project. This project aims to sequence tumor and normal genomes from over 600 pediatric cancer patients over three years. There is a press conference today (right now) at the National Press Club in Washington, DC (click on the 10 a.m. item in the DayBook on the left-hand side of the page). St. Jude's will... Full Post