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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...
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, ...
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It's not my issue to vote on, but your thoughts make sense. I fear that common sense is not in the mind of most voters, though. I do hope you guys remaIN. Well argued, BTW. 
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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 ...
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 t...
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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) ...
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 scient...
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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 ...
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 dr...
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9th genome of Christmas: Medaka and friends
My ninth genome of Christmas is a bit of an indulgence: the gentlemanly, diminutive Medaka fish, or Japanese rice paddy fish. When Mendel’s laws were rediscovered in the 1900s, many scientists turned to local species they could keep easily to explore this b...
My ninth genome of Christmas is a bit of an indulgence: the gentlemanly, diminutive Medaka fish, or Japanese rice paddy fish. When Mendel’s laws were rediscovered in the 1900s, many scientists turned to local species they cou...
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7th genome of Christmas: Bread, Beer and Wine.
When you first think of domesticated organisms, dogs might come to mind (our earliest domestication), or perhaps wheat, or cattle or rice. But you might easily overlook single-celled yeast: the key active agreement in both bread and alcohol, and a great ena...
When you first think of domesticated organisms, dogs might come to mind (our earliest domestication), or perhaps wheat, or cattle or rice. But you might easily overlook single-celled yeast: the key active agreement in both br...
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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...
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 planne...
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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...
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 dat...
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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...
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 descripti...
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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  ...
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...
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The 8th genome of Christmas: the greatest chemists in the world.
You might think that best chemists on earth are in Cambridge (either one), Heidelberg, Paris,Tokyo or Shenzhen, working away day and night in laboratories with glassware and extraction hoods around them. But you would be discounting the sheer multitude of d...
You might think that best chemists on earth are in Cambridge (either one), Heidelberg, Paris,Tokyo or Shenzhen, working away day and night in laboratories with glassware and extraction hoods around them. But you would be disc...
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6th genome of Christmas: the deadly Plasmodium... plant?
If humans have an arch enemy, it might well be the tiny, blood-borne parasite Plasmodium falciparum . This nasty beast causes most of the malaria in sub-Saharan Africa and, together with its cousins, in many tropical zones throughout the world . It kills hu...
If humans have an arch enemy, it might well be the tiny, blood-borne parasite Plasmodium falciparum. This nasty beast causes most of the malaria in sub-Saharan Africa and, together with its cousins, in many tropical zones thr...
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