Wednesday March 20, 2002
Sex, flies and microarrays
I've spent the past week learning about the carnal habits of Drosophila. Randy little blighters. I've been whizzing back and forth between FlyBase
(uses perl, rah!), Gene Ontology
and the Interactive Fly
. Tomorrow I shall talk to the people in the know upstairs and go to the library. Incidentally, an hour after someone asked me about crazy gene names on IRC I found FlyNome
(more perl!). Find out more at YAPC::Europe...
Wednesday February 27, 2002
So far I've done 2 all nighters, been amused by Brad's comments at the biohackathon
, completely failed to go to the pub and just had my attempt to do some actual PhD thwarted by a gaggle of geeks arriving in my living room.
Thursday February 07, 2002
Busy doing nothing...
I'm supposed to be in the pub in London with a bunch of debauched perlmongers
. Instead I'm eating yoghurt and hacking on a pile of backlog $this_big. Have been trying to stir up some traffic on the O'Reilly bioinformatics list. Saw Amelie sountrack composer
in concert. Must send a reminder to Cam.pm
about next week's social. Must also get head around CVS. Must stop talking like Bridget Jones.
Thursday January 31, 2002
I've been busy
Clustering genes, reading articles, writing HTML, organising Cam.pm, arranging trips to Helicon and Yapc::Europe, wishing I was in Arizona, drinking beer, visiting people, watching Lord of the Rings, cleaning the
house, sleeping, and so on.
While I remember, go see some pretty piccies...
Wednesday November 14, 2001
CUSFS Science Symposium
On Sunday evening I gave a talk, entitled 'Bioinformatics and Microarrays', at the inaugural science symposium of the Cambridge University Science Fiction Society. OK, so it really boiled down to me waffling to a room of about 10 people for about 15 minutes, but I thought it was quite successful. We were an an antiquated college room without a data projector so I got to draw silly coloured cartoons on for the OHP. I might scan them in for a laugh.
Of course, now I have to do some proper work...
Wednesday October 31, 2001
'Ome sweet 'ome
There are far too many odd words in biology. Genome (an organism's full complement of genetic information) and proteome (all the proteins prodeuced from the genes in the genome) I can cope with, even if people are still debating their exact definition. Things start getting silly when we get transcriptome, physiome, metabalome, morphome, phenome, interactome, glycome, secretome, ribonome, cellome, operome, transportome, pseudome, functome, translatome, foldome, unknome...
I think we need a new word - the omome - to describe the full collection of 'omes.
Despite the terrible pun in the title, see:
Greenbaum, et al. Interrelating the different types of genomic data, from proteome to secretome: 'oming in on function. Genome Research 2001;11:1463-1468
Tuesday October 02, 2001
So...I'm going to join in the fun and wibble about stuff. Mainly about bioinformatics because - as opposed to gnat - I actually do it. And especially about microarray technology. I'll try and find time to write properly, but the current plan is to post interesting links here, rather than fill my work logs with them.
Let's start off with The Open Bioinformatics Foundation
, home of the bio* projects and one of the first sites you should visit if you're interested in open source in bioinformatics.