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John Hawks recounts a recent conversation about bioinformatics: I was talking with a scientist last week who is in charge of a massive dataset. He told me he had heard complaints from many of his biologist friends that today’s students are trained to be computer scientists, not biologists. Why, he asked, would we want to…

A new paper in Bioinformatics describes an efficient compression algorithm that allows an individual’s complete genome sequence to be compressed down to a vanishingly small amount of data – just 4 megabytes (MB). The paper takes a similar approach to the process I described in a post back in June last year (sheesh, if only…

Good advice for 11th graders…

xkcd has some good advice for high-schoolers: That goes doubly for anyone even vaguely interested in a career in biology, and particularly genetics – right now, even some basic scripting experience will take you further than any amount of pipette-wrangling. I wish I’d known this when I was back in high school… Subscribe to Genetic…

10 hints on parsing

A quick note for bioinformaticians in the audience: Neil Saunders has an excellent post on parsing (i.e. processing a file to retrieve specific sections of interest). Neil’s hints are a useful introduction for beginners, but also provide some handy reminders for long-time programmers.