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Lives in San Diego, CA
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UPI: Cancer drug flushes dormant HIV out of hiding in the body. http://google.com/newsstand/s/CBIwzIHqoiI
The active ingredient in a cancer drug was found by researchers to reactivate latent HIV hiding in the body so that it can be killed by the immune system.
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Bioinformatics software is a disgrace to our field. Published Thu April 3 2014. Every piece of software written for publication, which then can't be found after publication is grant funding thrown away. Every piece of software that only worked for the author during manuscript preparation is ...
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The SD Informatics Forum lunch was well-attended today with lively discussions on the Johns Hopkins Coursera MOOCs used at the Bioinformatics Study Group,  the NIH's Big Data To Knowledge program, workflow systems, Cytoscape/NDex (blog posting to follow).
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Am I the only person who sees this migration process as horribly inefficient? Google already had my photos on its servers. Why not create a migration process that lets me move them from one Google server to another? Why make me download the photos and reupload them?

Digital Trends: Google+ Photos is shutting down, here’s how to migrate to Google Photos. http://google.com/newsstand/s/CBIw3pPknSI
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Mint: Single Siberian migration peopled the Americas, DNA shows. http://google.com/newsstand/s/CBIwmp6gniI
Native American ancestors reached the New World in a single, initial migration from Siberia at most 23,000 years ago
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ChemDoodle Web Components: HTML5 toolkit for chemical graphics, interfaces, and informatics 
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The workflow discussion included a number of tools and I wanted to make sure there were some bookmarks for the tools that we discussed. Feel free to add additional information in the discussion thread.

Taverna: http://incubator.apache.org/projects/taverna.html
KNIME: http://knime.org
Galaxyhttps://usegalaxy.org/
Ruffushttps://code.google.com/p/ruffus/
Homepage. link to the page(s) that tell how to participate (Website, Mailing lists,Bug tracking,Source code). link to the project status file (Committers,non-incubation action items,project resources, etc). If the project website and code repository are not yet setup, use the following table: ...
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Engadget: LG bets big on flexible displays for cars and phones. http://google.com/newsstand/s/CBIwi8n_mCM
There's a pretty good chance your next device will have an OLED display
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Another one of those headslapping moments in #cancer  research. Given the number of papers over the years pointing to the evolutionary behavior of cancer, this shouldn't come as a surprise to anyone.
A new article argues against the commonly held 'accumulation of mutations' model of oncogenesis in favor of a model that depends on evolutionary pressures acting on populations of cells.
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Education
  • Texas A&M
    Computer Science, 1983 - 1988
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I write software for scientists.
Introduction
I write code for a living, and in my spare time... I write more code.  Hmm.  Still working on the whole work/life balance thing.  I'm also interested in cancer biology, drug discovery, the semantic web, text mining, Java, JavaFX, Groovy, Grails, NoSQL and all stuff HTML5. 
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Wrote applications to identify drug targets, manage assay data/compounds/screening cascades, identify pathogens in blood, create bioinformatics workflows. Haven't missed a Comic-Con since moving to San Diego.
Work
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Founder, Principal Consultant
Skills
Java, Groovy, Grails, JavaFX, Swing, XML, JavaScript, HTML5
Employment
  • Aspen Biosciences
    Founder, CTO, 2009 - present
  • Genometrix
    Sr. Software Engineer, 1999 - 2001
  • Lexicon Genetics
    Mgr Bioinformatics, 2001 - 2005
  • Pfizer
    Sr. Analyst, 2006 - 2007
  • L-3 Communcations
    Sr. Software Engineer, 2007 - 2008
  • Takeda Pharmaceuticals
    Sr. Software Engineer, 2008 - 2009
  • Shell Services International
    Consultant, 1997 - 1999
  • University of Houston
    Sr. Bioinformatics Software Engineer, 2005 - 2006
  • Landmark Graphics
    Marketing Technologist, 1994 - 1997
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San Diego, CA
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Panama City, Panama - Houston, TX - San Diego, CA - Lagos, Nigeria - London, UK - Vienna, Austria - Athens, Greece - Beirut, Lebanon - Clayton, CA
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A popular cancer treatment makes cancer worse, but researchers believe they've found a remedy for that.

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One of the big surprises at the annual meeting of the American Association for Cancer Research last weekend belonged to none other than Eli

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This hotel needs some help from a decorator. The doors open outward into the hallway, the hallways have Escher-like stairs. The air conditioner is minimal at best. They need to go nonsmoking. Only two TV channels in English and one is RT. The staff makes up for the hotel though, and you're spoiled for choices when it comes to breakfasts. The location is good too. They'll have some stiff competition though when the Motel One Opernring opens up.
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The food and service is always good at Panera's even at the busiest of times.
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I've never really figured out what "California Greek" really means, other than as an excuse for inauthenticity, the food and service are always good.
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The staff know me by name. Better than most of the banks I've dealt with in the past.
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We've been here twice, the food was horrible both times. We won't be back until the Alzheimer's kicks in.
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The burger is great, the decor... Not so much. I get that he likes Carlos Santana, but what does that have to do with BBQ?
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