Monday, January 19, 2015

Cargo Cult Networking & Other LinkedIn Laments

LinkedIn is a social media tool I find greatly flawed, but useful.  Part of the devil's pact one makes with LinkedIn is to receive great amounts of requests from individuals who wish to grow their networks.  I have a personal guideline for such which help me weed through the requests, but last year I got a request that had me laughing -- and slightly revising that guideline.

Sunday, January 18, 2015

JPM Wrap-Up:

In this final installment of a series of reactions to news coming from the J.P. Morgan Conference, I'll cover an interesting complementary technology that was announced.  But first, it might appear my prediction of no radical sequencer announcements may have been invalidated, with an announcement from BGI of plans to launch two sequencers based on Complete Genomic's technology.  Unfortunately, the only outlet that seems to have covered this is GenomeWeb, and it is in their premium (paywalled) section, so I know nothing beyond that.  It appears this was only announced around JPM and not at JPM, so I have a Clintonesque out as well.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Illumina's Expanded Lineup

In my JP Morgan predictions for sequencing platforms, I didn't do badly.  The only major player to make a platform announcement was Illumina, and they did indeed announce instruments that are not radical departures from the prior platforms.  I am kicking myself for not making more specific predictions, as the nature of the new boxes was really unsurprising and it would have been nice to nail that.

Monday, January 12, 2015

2015: Another Year of Sequencing Evolution (not Revolution)?

The J.P. Morgan Conference is firing up, and for the past few years that has meant big sequencing platform announcements -- HiSeq or Ion Proton or such.  This has stolen some of the thunder from AGBT in terms of major announcements (sadly, I won't be attending this year -- and will try not to land my self into surgery the way I did the last time I didn't attend AGBT).  I figured I'd better write this tonight before any more JPM-related sequencing instrument announcements show up, or more to my prediction, before the conference ends without any.

Sunday, December 07, 2014

Druggability: An Underappreciated Issue in Translating the Human Genome Into Therapeutics

I'm sorely guilty of neglecting this space, but a recent (and now storified) Twitter conversation from Jonathan Eisen (@phylogenomics) has improbably fired me up enough to scribble something.

Tuesday, September 09, 2014

Reanalysis Lays Bare MinION Review's Spectacular Flaws

I will confess that when our first MinION burn-in data for lambda came in & I threw a few aligners at it (after first getting my data extractor in Julia shaken out), I was disappointed at the results.  Very few 2D reads, very few aligned reads and the alignments all short.  At this point, I sat back to wait to see what others had experienced and to think of additional bioinformatics approaches.  It never occurred to me to dash off a glorified  blog post and submit it to a journal.

Friday, September 05, 2014

Oxford Takes Some Flak, Fires Back

A huge event in the genomics community this summer has been the Oxford Nanopore MinION Access Program (MAP), which has enabled a sizable but select group of researchers to try out ONT's novel nanopore-based sequencing technology.  While results and rumors have periodically drifted out over the summer, this week saw three disclosures, one of which resulted in fireworks and action