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Ewan Birney
Ewan Birney; a north london bioinformatician...
Ewan Birney; a north london bioinformatician...

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My blog has moved!
As you may already be aware, I have moved my blog over to WordPress for practical reasons. I've enjoyed Blogger for its simplicity, but the experience on WordPress is just easier. This move takes place in December 2016, when I am celebrating the 20th annive...

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Sharing clinical data: everyone wins
Patients who contribute their data to research are primarily
motivated by a desire to help others with the same plight, through the
development of better treatments or even a cure. Out of respect for these
individuals, and to uphold the fundamental tenets o...

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The EU Referendum in the UK: A very personal view
I have tweeted prolifically about the UK Referendum on membership in the European Union, strongly supporting the REMAIN (staying in the EU) campaign. In response to requests for a more substantial explanation of my position, I present here a short version a...

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Publishing Big Data Science
This is the third and final post in a series in which I
share some lessons learned about how to plan, manage, analyse and deliver a
‘big biodata’ project successfully. Now that you have the results of your carefully planned,
meticulously managed and diligen...

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This is the second of three blog posts about planning,
managing and delivering a ‘big biodata’ project. Here, I share some of my
experience and lessons learned in management and analysis – because you can’t
have one without the other. Management 1. Monitor ...

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Advice on BigData Experiments and Analysis - Part I - Planning
Biology has changed a lot over the past decade, driven by ever-cheaper data gathering technologies:
genomics, transcriptomics, proteomics, metabolomics and imaging of all sorts. After
a few years of gleeful abandon in the data generation department, analysi...

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In defence of model organisms
I have written about the rise of human
as a first-class model organism , and am an enthusiastic user of this
outbred, large vertebrate, which can walk right into pre-funded phenotyping centres
(hospitals). However, some scientists are (somewhat flippantly) ...

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12th genome of Christmas: The platypus
In 1799 George Shaw, the head of the Natural History Museum in London, received a bizarre pelt from a Captain in Australia: a duck bill attached to what felt like mole skin. Shaw examined the specimen and wrote up a description of it in a scientific journal...

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11th genome of Christmas: Us
Ever since the discovery of DNA as the molecule responsible for genetics, in particular when it became clear that the ordering of the chemical components in this polymer was the information that DNA stored, scientists have dreamt about determining the full ...

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10th genome of Christmas: The laboratory mouse
After human, the most studied animal, by a long margin, is mouse. Or, more strictly, the laboratory mouse, which is a rather curious creation of the last 100 years of science.  Laboratory mice originate mainly from circus mice and pet “fancy” mice kept by  ...
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