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I have been belatedly alerted to the first edition of the bioinformatics blog carnival.

"Code Monkey" (Source: wikipedia)

"Code Monkey" by Jawbone Len (Source: wikipedia)

For the uninitiated, blog carnivals are efforts to promote interest in a particular area through publishing a monthly (fortnightly, weekly) ’carnival’ collecting the better works from a call for submissions by bloggers in that area. Broad areas like science as a whole are well represented, specialist areas less so. This is the first carnival I’ve run into specifically for bioinformatics (but then I haven’t tried hard…)

The permanent home page for the bioinformatics blog carnival provides a form to offer submissions and contact form to reach the organiser, Iddo Friedberg. (Don’t you just hate the background pattern for blog hosting page!) More detailed instructions can be found on the call for submissions to the first carnival.

Sections included are Programming, Databases, Genomics and Structural Biology.

I’m particularly pleased to see the Structural Biology section, as this is ’home turf’ for me, one that to my huge frustration I don’t get to use enough.

The final article, drawing a connection between climategate and the PDB will be interesting. I’m curious to see if Maria Hodges shares the same thoughts as I had on this.

Good luck to the organisers: I hope it will grow. Pass it around bioinformatics bloggers or those who, like me, prefer the title ‘computational biologist’! (Some of us like to play word games with titles…)

HT: @BoraZ


Some bioinformatics articles on Code for life:

External (bioinformatics) specialists: best on the grant from the onset

Developing bioinformatics methods: by who and how

More on ’What is a computational biologist?’ (and related disciplines)

Retrospective: The mythology of bioinformatics

Bioinformatics — computing with biotechnology and molecular biology data