Tagged: computational biology

Data parasites eh? - Code for life

Grant Jacobs Jan 24, 2016

Apparently researchers who use other’s data without collaborating with them are ‘research parasites’, according to an editorial from the New England Journal of Medicine. This has caused quite a fuss, with some expressing their opinion on the twitter streams #dataparasites and #researchparasites. I think the editorial conflates data sharing with other issues. Data sharing is an important part of science, but … Read More

What does a chromosome look like? (Not Just DNA #2) - Code for life

Grant Jacobs Nov 14, 2013

Aside from the fun of peering at the stuff that codes for the parts that make up us, knowing how a chromosome is arranged inside a cell nucleus might tell us a lot about how our genes work. Understanding the structures of genomes might well be what is needed to make sense of the genetics of complex diseases. Read More

Computer modellers for the win - Code for life

Grant Jacobs Oct 10, 2013

As a computational biologist I rather like the look of this year’s Nobel Prize for Chemistry - it’s been awarded for contributions to computational modelling, to Martin Karplus (University de Strasbourg/Harvard), Michael Levitt (Standford) and Arieh Warshel (University of Southern California). Molecular modelling takes several forms. The twist in the work the prize … Read More

Nature’s reproducibility effort: when to get data specialists on board - Code for life

Grant Jacobs Apr 27, 2013

Scientific magazine Nature has announced an initiative to aimed at aiding the reproducibility of biological research papers. They’re planning to expand the methods section to cater for this, introducing a checklist and offering a Protocol Exchange site. I’d like to draw attention to one point ArsTechnica’s coverage of this development noted that has wider … Read More

Bioinformatics blog carnival - Code for life

Grant Jacobs Mar 21, 2010

I have been belatedly alerted to the first edition of the bioinformatics blog carnival. [caption id="attachment_1045" align="alignleft" width="350" caption=""Code Monkey" by Jawbone Len (Source: wikipedia)"][/caption] 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 … Read More

Sciblogs featured in the Taranaki Daily News - Griffin's Gadgets

Peter Griffin Jan 30, 2010

Today’s Taranaki Daily News carries a piece by Helen Harvey in its feature section looking at Sciblogs and some of its contributors. The feature isn’t online, but you can read it in full below… view full screen for larger text size. [slideshare id=3027093&doc=tdnpiece-100129210305-phpapp01&type=d] … Read More