Tagged: bioinformatics

Bioinformatics survey results - Code for life

Grant Jacobs Jun 07, 2012

Eagle Genomics have presented the results of an annual bioinformatics survey. These types of surveys are invariably limited by understanding precisely who they represent, e.g. do they represent the whole of the target group well, or favour some sector of it. The results of the first question offer some hints of this. (Ideally we’d see … Read More

Forward to wikipedia – topic pages in computational biology - Code for life

Grant Jacobs Apr 04, 2012

The PLoS (Public Library of Science) journal Computational Biology has offered it’s first Topic Page, Circular permutations in proteins,* along with a short editorial introducing the Topic Page concept. Basically, authors write a wikipedia-style review of a topic that is reviewed and accepted by the journal, then forwarded to wikipedia to become a ‘living’ … Read More

A bioinformatics periodic table - Code for life

Grant Jacobs Apr 03, 2012

A spin-off of the Eagle Genomics conference in Cambridge, UK, has been The Elements of Bioinformatics, a table of different tools in bioinformatics. (Update: an interactive web-based version of the periodic table is now available.) You can offer thoughts on their blog (linked above), twitter (use the #egelements hashtag) or, of course, below. Read More

Are bioinformaticians gods? - Code for life

Grant Jacobs Feb 25, 2012

Apparently, when asked by Stephen Colbert on the subject of man-made life ’What makes you think you can do a better job with life and genetics than God?’, Craig Venter replied ’We have computers.’ I’m wondering what bioinformaticians make of that. We’re the ones with the computers in biology…* Does this … Read More

ISCB response to Research Works Act HR-3699 - Code for life

Grant Jacobs Feb 22, 2012

Below is the response from the International Society for Computational Biology (ISCB) to the Research Works Act (HR-3699) bill that threatens the NIH open-access policy. An earlier article on this same issue on this blog links to a few of the early commentaries on-line. Since then has branched out, drawing very wide commentary … Read More