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‘Big Data’, genetics and translation
Today sees the
announcement of a new public–private partnership in science – the Centre for Therapeutic Target Validation – between EMBL-EBI, the Sanger Institute and
GlaxoSmithKline (GSK). The collaboration is dedicated to developing a framework
for biolog...
Today sees the announcement of a new public–private partnership in science – the Centre for Therapeutic Target Validation – between EMBL-EBI, the Sanger Institute and GlaxoSmithKline (GSK). The collaboration is dedicated to d...
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Making decisions: metrics and judgement
The conversation around impact factors and the assessment of research outputs, amplified by the recent 'splash' boycott by Randy Shuckman, is turning my mind to a different aspect of science - and indeed society - and that is the use of metrics. We are beco...
The conversation around impact factors and the assessment of research outputs, amplified by the recent 'splash' boycott by Randy Shuckman, is turning my mind to a different aspect of science - and indeed society - and that is...
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EMBL Cancer Genomics Meeting

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+Ewan Birney Thx for sharing your thoughts, unfortunately I can't access the link, there is also no blog entry for November.
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Freedom of Expression
Multicellular
organisms are beautifully precise in the way their different component cells operate in different ways, despite each cell having the same genome. The main difference between cell types is what genes are expressed, and much of this is due to di...
Multicellular organisms are beautifully precise in the way their different component cells operate in different ways, despite each cell having the same genome. The main difference between cell types is what genes are expresse...
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I was discussing with a  minded friend about the difference between "quantitative" and "non quantitative" science, mainly on how biology had to get its quantitative mojo back, and I said that a good proxy for whether someone ...
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The Start of a Journey
Last
week a new paper, “Policy challenge of clinical genome sequencing,” led by
Caroline Wright and Helen Firth and on which I am a co-author, was published in
the British Medical Journal . It lays
out the challenges of making more widespread use of genetic...
Last week a new paper, “Policy challenge of clinical genome sequencing,” led by Caroline Wright and Helen Firth and on which I am a co-author, was published in the British Medical Journal. It lays out the challenges of making...
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Heterogeneity in Cancer genomics
I've just come back from a great meeting on Cancer Genomics, held at EMBL Heidelberg (full disclosure: I was an organiser, so no surprise I enjoyed the talks!) The application of genomics to cancer has been progressing for a long time, but we are now in the...
I've just come back from a great meeting on Cancer Genomics, held at EMBL Heidelberg (full disclosure: I was an organiser, so no surprise I enjoyed the talks!) The application of genomics to cancer has been progressing for a ...
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CERN for molecular biologists
This September
I visited CERN again, this time with a rather technical delegation from the EBI
to meet with their ‘big physics data’ counterparts. Our generous hosts Ian Bird,
Bob Jones and several experimental scientists showed us a great day, and gave
us ...
This September I visited CERN again, this time with a rather technical delegation from the EBI to meet with their ‘big physics data’ counterparts. Our generous hosts Ian Bird, Bob Jones and several experimental scientists sho...
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I blog about how engineering and research work together.
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