>Link Roundup Returns – Dec 16-22

>I’ve been busy with my thesis project for the past couple weeks, which I think is understandable, but all work and no play kinda doesn’t sit well for me. So, over the weekend, I learned go, google’s new programming languages, and wrote myself a simple application for keeping track of links – and dumping them out in a pretty html format that I can just cut and paste into my blog.

While I’m not quite ready to release the code for my little go application, I am ready to test it out. I went back through the last 200 twitter posts I have (about 8 days worth), and grabbed the ones that looked interesting to me. I may have missed a few, or grabbed a few less than thrilling ones. It’s simply a consequence of me skimming some of the articles less well than others. I promise the quality of my links will be better in the future.

Anyhow, this experiment gave me a few insights into the process of “reprocessing” tweets. The first is that my app only records the person from whom I got the tweet – not the people from who they got it. I’ll try to address that in the future. The second is that it’s a very simple interface – and a lot of things I wanted to say just didn’t fit. (Maybe that’s for the better.. who knows.)

Regardless (or irregardless, for those of you in the U.S.) here are my picks for the week.


  • Bringing back Blast (Blast+) (PDF) – Link (via @BioInfo)
  • Incredibly vague advice on how to become a bioinformatician – Link (via @KatherineMejia)
  • Cleaning up the Human Genome – Link (via @dgmacarthur)
  • Neat article on “4th paradigm of computing: exaflod of observational data” – Link (via @genomicslawyer)


  • Gene/Protein Annotation is worse than you thought – Link (via @BioInfo)
  • Why are europeans white? – Link (via @lukejostins)

Future Technology:

  • D-Wave Surfaces again in discussions about bioinformatics – Link (via @biotechbase)
  • Changing the way we give credit in science – Link (via @genomicslawyer)

Off topic:

  • On scientists getting quote-mined by the press – Link (via @Etche_homo)
  • Give away of the best science cookie cutters ever – Link (via @apfejes)
  • Neat early history of the electric car – Link (via @biotechbase)
  • Wild (innacurate and funny) conspiracy theories about the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute – Link (via @dgmacarthur)
  • The Eureka Moment: An Interview with Sir Alec Jeffreys (Inventor of the DNA Fingerprint) – Link (via @dgmacarthur)
  • Six types of twitter user (based on The Tipping Point) – Link (via @ritajlg)

Personal Medicine:

  • Discussion on mutations in cancer (in the press) – Link (via @CompleteGenomic)
  • Upcoming Conference: Personalized Medicine World Conference (Jan 19-20, 2010) – Link (via @CompleteGenomic)
  • deCODEme offers free analysis for 23andMe customers – Link (via @dgmacarthur)
  • UK government waking up to the impact of personalized medicine – Link (via @dgmacarthur)
  • Doctors not adopting genomic based tests for drug suitabiity – Link (via @dgmacarthur)
  • Quick and dirty biomarker detection – Link (via @genomicslawyer)
  • Personal Genomics article for the masses – Link (via @genomicslawyer)


  • Paper doing the rounds: Effect of read-mapping biases on detecting allele-specific expression from RNA-sequencing data – Link (via @BioInfo)
  • Archiving Next Generation Sequencing Data – Link (via @BioInfo)
  • Epigenetics takes aim at cancer and other illnesses – Link (via @BioInfo)
  • (Haven’t yet read) Changing ecconomics of DNA Synthesis – Link (via @biotechbase)
  • Genomic players for investors. (Very light overview) – Link (via @genomicslawyer)
  • Haven’t read yet: Recommended review of 2nd and 3rd generation seq. technologies – Link (via @nanopore)
  • De novo assembly of Giant Panda Genome – Link (via @nanopore)
  • Welcome Trust summary of 2nd Gen sequencing technologies – Link (via @ritajlg)

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