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We always see interesting creatures whenever we walk on the beach. Now, a new program from the University of Washington and the state department of Fish and Wildlife is seeking to enlist beach walkers in a community science project where they can help monitor biodiversity.

No more delays! BLAST away!

We’ll have a blast, I promise! But there’s one little thing we need to discuss first…

We had a great discussion in the comments yesterday after I published my NJ trees from some of the flu sequences. If I list all the wonderful pieces of advice that readers shared, I wouldn’t have any time to do the searches, but there are a few that I want to mention before getting down…

Last night, the phone rang at 9:22 pm. I quickly glanced at the caller ID. Hmmm. Why is the Seattle School district calling us at this time of night? Apparently the swine flu has come to Seattle and the school district thought we should know. Those messages are helpful if you’re a parent, but they…

What tells us that this new form of H1N1 is swine flu and not regular old human flu or avian flu? If we had a lab, we might use antibodies, but when you’re a digital biologist, you use a computer. Activity 4. Picking influenza sequences and comparing them with phylogenetic trees

I was pretty impressed to find the swine flu genome sequences, from the cases in California and Texas, already for viewing at the NCBI. You can get them and work them, too. It’s pretty easy. Tomorrow, we’ll align sequences and make trees. Activity 3: Getting the swine flu sequence data

I’m a big of learning from data. There are many things we can learn about swine flu and other kinds of flu by using public databases. In digital biology activity 1, we learned about the kinds of creatures that can get flu. Personally, I’m a little skeptical about the blowfly, but… Now, you might wonder,…

Genome sequences from California and Texas isolates of the H1N1 swine flu are already available for exploration at the NCBI. Let’s do a bit of digital biology and see what we can learn. Activity 1. What kinds of animals get the flu?

In which we identify unknown human proteins.