One thousand genomes deep

By Grant Jacobs 28/10/2010

I’d like to write about today’s paper* from the 1000 genomes project, but I have a tax return to file first. In the meantime a quatrain and a haiku:

There’s no forsaking what you are

No existential leap

As witnessed here in DNA and code

A thousand genomes deep

We’re all mutants

you and I, all broken codes

for humanity

Updated to fix a quirk introduced by the WordPress editor. (Manual HTML edit to fix poor HTML generation…)


* The paper is open access.

I’m not much of a poet, and I have no time for analysis or refining these, so please  don’t nit-pick the structure and scansion!

For the quatrain, my sincere apologies to Leonard Cohen. My words are only slightly modified from the final lines of his poem One Thousand Kisses Deep, from 2007, reworked for present-day genomics. There are many different versions of this poem. It seems Cohen has never really stopped tinkering with it. You can hear it on YouTube. I know DNA doesn’t scan properly.

By ‘code’ I mean computer code, but read as all the other codes, too.

The original lines from Cohen’s poem that I’ve butchered are:

There’s no forsaking what you love

No existential leap

As witnessed here in time and blood

A thousand kisses deep

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Find transcription factor motifs in genomes better: add histone acetylation data

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Choosing an algorithm – benchmarking bioinformatics

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