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Is there a place for citizen scientists in the world of digital biology? Many of the citizen science projects that I’ve been reading about have a common structure. There’s a University lab at the top, outreach educators in the middle, and a group of citizens out in the field collecting data. After the data are…

“What’s in a name? that which we call a rose By any other name would smell as sweet” – Juliet, from Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare I realized from the comments on my previous post and from Mike’s post that more explanations were in order. It seems we have two topics – why do…

What do you call a biologist who uses bioinformatics tools to do research, but doesn’t program? You don’t know? Neither does anyone else.

You might think the coolest thing about the Next Generation DNA Sequencing technologies is that we can use them to sequence long-dead mammoths, entire populations of microbes, or bits of bone from Neanderthals. But you would be wrong.

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

This afternoon, I was working on educational activities and suddenly realized that the H1N1 strain that caused the California outbreak might be the same strain that caused an outbreak in 2007 at an Ohio country fair. UPDATE: I’m not so certain anymore that the strains are the same. I’m doing some work with nucleic acid…

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?

“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…