Tagged: research blogging

Science! thou fair effusive ray… - Code for life

Grant Jacobs Apr 09, 2013

Science! thou fair effusive ray From the great source of mental Day, Free, generous, and refin'd! Descend with all thy treasures fraught, Illumine each bewilder'd thought, And bless my lab'ring mind. But first with thy resistless light, Disperse those phantoms from my sight, Those mimic shades of thee; The scholiast's learning, sophist's cant, The visionary bigot's … Read More

Communicating data clearly - Code for life

Grant Jacobs Oct 25, 2012

Correct and appropriate presentation of graphs matters. It’s worth taking time to consider how to present your data, to convey the information clearly in a way that is readily perceived and accurate. Not just for scientists, either. Graphs are used ubiquitously, after all. [caption id="attachment_10074" align="aligncenter" width="640"] 'Convincing', xkcd. Original: http://xkcd.com/833/[/caption] On-line there is some … Read More

Haemophilia – towards a cure using genetic engineering - Code for life

Grant Jacobs Jul 28, 2011

Science fiction has humans cured of genetic diseases by tailored re-engineering of their genes. It’s coming closer to a reality, with a recent report on treating mice with haemophilia B by re-engineering the ‘broken’ gene in mice. Haemophilia B Haemophilia is an inherited genetic disorder that disrupts blood clotting. Read More

The Roots of Bioinformatics in Theoretical Biology - Code for life

Grant Jacobs Apr 01, 2011

I have previously written about the origins of bioinformatics as a field, starting by reposting an article I wrote in 2002, The Mythology of Bioinformatics, and subsequently introducing the first and second articles in the Roots of Bioinformatics series published in PLoS Computational Biology. A third article in the series,* The Roots of Bioinformatics in Theoretical … Read More

Fact or fallacy, a survey of immunisation statements in the print media - Code for life

Grant Jacobs Jan 19, 2011

Most of us know anecdotally that print media on occasion present immunisation information incorrectly, but you can’t put a finger on how often and when without hard numbers. A recent research article examining New Zealand newspapers puts numbers to the errors. Helen Petousis-Harris led a team surveying the immunisation statements in articles printed in four national … Read More