Imagine you're a legal US resident, with a legal position in the US. You're away visiting your family in another country, and when you try to fly back home to the US, the US government won't let you back in. You could be a PhD student or a postdoc in a research lab here, living … Continue reading Go sign this.
I've been thinking about how we do "bioinformatics" in experimental biology, and I had the opportunity to talk about it recently. The following is the transcript of a keynote address I gave at Janelia's meeting on High Throughput Sequencing for Neuroscience last weekend. INTRODUCTION It's a privilege to be speaking to you tonight to open … Continue reading High throughput sequencing for neuroscience
So I read in the newspaper this week that the ENCODE project has disproven the idea of junk DNA. I sure wish I'd gotten the memo, because this week a collaboration of labs led by myself, Arian Smit, and Jerzy Jurka just released a new data resource that annotates nearly 50% of the human genome … Continue reading ENCODE says what?
Science is running a poll titled "The Well-Behaved Scientist" this week that asks "how should we promote publication of data that can be replicated and reproduced?" Of the ideas on their list -- more funding from funding agencies, more rewards from institutions -- conspicuous in its absence is the rather fundamental idea that the purpose … Continue reading The well-behaved journal
The National Academy of Sciences has just released the report Sequence-Based Classification of Select Agents: A Brighter Line. A committee of 13 of us, chaired by Jim LeDuc (Director, Galveston National Laboratory, University of Texas Medical Branch) and cat-herded by India Hook-Barnard (NAS), has been working on this report for the past year or so. … Continue reading Select Agents should be defined by DNA sequence
The NIH National Human Genome Research Institute is going through a process of making plans for the next five years of research in genomics, including computational genomics. In the past couple of months I've been at two planning meetings - the Cloud Computing workshop (31 March - 1 April) and most recently the NHGRI Informatics … Continue reading The next five years of computational genomics at NHGRI
There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it. -- Edith Wharton, Vesalius in Zante On April 14, the US Patent and Trademark Office awarded us a trademark on HMMER. This is a good moment to explain how we plan to deal with intellectual property. HMMER is … Continue reading HMMER policy on trademark, copyright, patents, and licensing