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Mark Fortner
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I write software for scientists.
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And interesting look at what the folks at HLI are working on.

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An interesting open source application for variant annotation...

There's a recurrent question that I see on Quora -- "I'm a computer science student, how can I help out with cancer research". I usually point people to a couple of open source projects, but I've always thought that there should be a better more consistent way of channeling that energy. So I was wondering, how do open source projects like BioJava, Cytoscape, and others work with volunteers? I know there are some open source projects at Dana Farber and the Broad Institute, but does anyone have any recommendations for specific programs? The Su Lab has sponsored hackathons in the past, is that the best way for people to get their feet wet?

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Ebola virus has lurked in a man’s semen for more than 500 days. It strikes me that diseases like Ebola and Zika are long term chronic, transmissible infections. And there should be some effort to monitor the progress of the infection in all patients.

+Vincent Racaniello​ Given that Zika also seems to be sexually transmissible, I'm curious as to why there weren't strong warnings against men travelling to Zika infested areas, and why there's no warning against people having unprotected sex until they can establish that the virus has cleared your system? Is the CDC continuing to test people who have Zika?

https://www.newscientist.com/article/2104238-ebola-virus-has-lurked-in-a-mans-semen-for-more-than-500-days/

I understand that Firebase has support for Java server applications. I was wondering if anyone at Firebase had looked at using Groovy? Ultimately what I'd like to be able to do is use something like Groovy's @Grab annotation to dynamically grab a library from Maven central and use it to perform lambda like operations in response to database changes.

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Given that Angular2 is/will be written in TypeScript, I'm curious if there are any plans to support TypeScript in Polymer? #AskPolymer

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Oracle seeks $9.3 billion for Google’s use of Java in Android http://www.javaworld.com/article/3049149/mobile-java/oracle-seeks-93-billion-for-googles-use-of-java-in-android.html#tk.rss_all

This has always been a source of consternation for me. Oracle should have granted a license to Google and actively worked with it to implement the JVM on Android. It's one of the greatest missed partnership opportunities. 

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