Mike the Mad Biologist

Category archives for Bioinformatics

Over at evolgen, ScienceBlogling RPM discusses a paper that describes a new barcoding technique for plants. It struck me while reading his post that barcoding has two very different meanings, even though both techniques are used in genomics–and often, at the same time.

Some Help for SQL Beginners

I agree with ScienceBlogling Sandra: many biologists need to know SQL. She has some very helpful links if you don’t know much (or anything) about SQL.

Earlier this week, I attended the International Human Microbiome Consortium Meeting (the human microbiome consists of the organisms that live on and in us). I’m not sure to make of the whole microbiome initiative, but one thing is clear to me: this is being driven by the wrong group of scientists.

125 taxa. This analysis is never going to end (stupid GTR models):

A while ago, I posted about eigenFACTOR, a bioinformatics tool that can be used to calculate the relative impact of scientific journals. Well, the eigenFACTORials have developed a whole buncha new stuff you can do with the program:

One of the things that has been revealed by the VA Tech shooting is that the government keeps a database of prescription drug users. This has bothered some. Glenn Greenwald writes (italics mine):

In response to us foul-mouthed evolutionists, Casey Luskin asks, “Yet for all their numbers and name-calling, not a single one has answered Egnor’s question: How does [sic] Darwinian mechanisms produce new biological information?” I’ve never liked the whole “biological information” concept.

Impact Factors and

In scientific publishing, one of the important things is what is known as the “impact factor” which is the the average number of citations a journal receives over a 2 year period. The impact factor is often used by librarians and researchers to determine which journals to purchase and where to publish. There are some…

I Have a Simple Question

How does the entire NIH go offline? I realize it’s free, but every so often, it just is inaccessible for hours at a time, particularly on weekends. Don’t they know that science never rests…

VRSA Hospital Insurance

I was recently at a conference (pdf file) where one speaker (Dr. Thomas O’Brien) suggested ‘VRSA hospital insurance’ to prevent the spread of vancomycin resistant Staphylococcus aureus outbreaks (‘VRSA’). Before I get into the plan, let’s talk about VRSA.