Post-doc opportunity with Chris Quince!

Another job ad! I’ll try and post some original content soon. This is an opportunity to post-doc with Chris Quince, one of the smartest mathematical modellers working on genome and metagenome data ‘in the game’ (and also my mentor). Apply now (after reading the job description) ! Research Associate Bioinformatics for integrating polyomics data from […]

Interesting MPhil project on Cryptosporidium available

I don’t normally post job ads on the blog, but I was sent this interesting sounding opportunity which might suit one of the readers of this blog? Note they are accepting late submissions, but get your application in quickly! KESS Scholarship Aberystwyth University are seeking to recruit a 1-year MPhil to work on a project […]

Illumina’s Homebase: And other more interesting sounding trademarks …

Illumina’s Homebase: And other more interesting sounding trademarks …

The US trademark search interface is a fun way to predict new products that may be slated for release. What have Illumina got? Serial Number Reg. Number Word Mark Check Status Live/Dead 1 86047970 FORENSEQ TSDR LIVE 2 86039515 NEXTSEQ TSDR LIVE 3 86024001 UNDERSTAND YOUR GENOME TSDR LIVE 4 86003145 IHOPE TSDR LIVE 5 […]

MiSeq V3 kits: what’s new?

MiSeq V3 kits: what’s new?

Last week Illumina announced the release of the V3 MiSeq reagent kit. Before any reagent kits had even arrived, I had downloaded the 2.3 software pack and begun digging though the recipes and configs looking for clues as to how this impressive doubling of output had been achieved. Here are the specs from the Illumina […]

Fraxinus: Crowd-gaming ash dieback disease

I received this email from Arran Frood at the BBSRC about their new Facebook game to help harness the the power of the crowd, in this case helping with difficult genome alignments in an attempt to discover new variants that might be important in susceptibility or resistance to the serious problem of  ash dieback disease […]

Methods for taxonomic assignment of shotgun whole-genome metagenomics reads

Part of an introductory course on whole-genome shotgun metagenomic sequence analysis, I thought it might be useful to reproduce here. I am working on building a regularly updated PAUDA and LAST index of microbial-RefSeq protein sequences that might be useful for those who would like to save some time, or don’t have enough memory to […]

Upcoming meetings of interest

If you are into sequencing, genomics and bioinformatics, here are a couple of must-attend dates for your diary! This September, kicking off the second “conference season” of the year, is UK Genome Science 2013. This is one of the largest meet-ups of genomics people in the UK. I like to say it is our version […]

I want to learn bioinformatics! A guide for complete beginners.

I asked a question on Twitter yesterday: What is the correct way to handle a request to “help me learn bioinformatics” from a non-computer-literate person? This is a frequent request I encounter, and although I have various stock answers, I was curious to find out what you guys would say. Further, I wanted a resource […]