Tagged: scientific literature

Trust science, not scientists - Code for life

Grant Jacobs Nov 03, 2011

Trust science, not scientists says the title of an article written by virologist Professor Vincent Racanielo. It’s a great line. Vincent Racanielo was writing in the context of the continued saga over proposals of a link between the mouse XMRV virus (xenotropic murine leukemia virus-related virus) and chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS). My interest … Read More

Not Darwin's tree of life - Code for life

Grant Jacobs Aug 24, 2011

In January 2009, Ian Sample, a science correspondent writing for the Guardian opened an article writing, Charles Darwin's "tree of life", which shows how species are related through evolutionary history, is wrong and needs to be replaced, according to leading scientists. The great naturalist first sketched how species might evolve along branches of … Read More

Independent top-tier open-access biomedical and life sciences journal - Code for life

Grant Jacobs Jun 30, 2011

Over at Occam’s Typewriter[1] Frank has written introducing an initiative by The Wellcome Trust, the Max Planck Society and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute to launch a new top-tier open access journal for biomedical and life sciences research. Frank has most of the news, so I won’t repeat it, but to add that there is … Read More

Post publication peer review – a new way of doing science? - Code for life

Grant Jacobs May 30, 2011

I lead off from Carl Zimmer relating how on-line conversation played a role in ’the arsenic bacteria’ publication as an excuse to muse about post-publication peer review. Reading Carl Zimmer’s update on the ‘arsenic bacteria’ story in Slate last night, while writing my own update, I encountered again the phrase ‘post publication … Read More

Keeping the serendipity - Code for life

Grant Jacobs May 20, 2011

Last tonight I was browsing Occam’s Typewriter, one of my favourite science blogging collectives.[1] Frank’s article, The challenge of going beyond, leads off from two people independently remarking to him that they thought that electronic journals have resulted the loss of serendipity in their reading. The article and comments are well worth reading; I encourage my … 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