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Bioinformatics

Category archives for Bioinformatics

A couple of years ago, I answered a reader’s question about the cost of genome sequencing. One of my readers had asked why the cost of sequencing a human genome was so high. At that time, I used some of the prices advertised by core labs on the web and the reported coverage to estimate…

In which we identify unknown human proteins.

In which we search for Elvis, using blastp, and find out how old we would have to be to see Elvis in a Las Vegas club.

“Digital biology,” as I use the phrase, refers to the idea of using digital information for doing biology. This digital information comes from multiple sources such as DNA sequences, protein sequences, DNA hybridization, molecular structures, analytical chemistry, biomarkers, images, GIS, and more. We obtain this information either from experiments or from a wide variety of…

A friend of mine; serial entrepreneur, and former president of Genetic Systems; Joe Ashley, told me once that starting a business is an unnatural act. Now that I’ve done it, I agree. Even with my multiple back-up plans, possible grants, and part-time activities, my stomach still hurts and my mind is racing. My new company…

Have you ever wondered how to find things in the NCBI databases? Maybe you tried to find something but didn’t know how it was spelled. Or maybe you tried to use a common name like “pig” or “deer” to find information in a database, not knowing that all the organism names are in Latin. Or…

A Thanksgiving mash-up

I suppose I should have expected this. I thought it might be fun to see what the databases had to say about turkeys. Technorati Tags: Thanksgiving,, turkey,, mash-up

I just love this title! It’s nerdy and cute, all at the same time. I read about this in www.researchblogging.org and had to check out the paper and blog write up from The Beagle Project (BTW: some of you may be interested in knowing that The Beagle Project is not a blog about dogs.)

Ebola virus has impressed me as creepy ever since I read “

I’m sure everyone else thinks the big news today is the announcement by the Washington State Health department requiring hospitals to report MRSA cases to the state. I think the cool news is their on-line database. We’ll get to that a bit later.