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This week there’s an actual call to action in the tweets. See Steven Salzberg’s tweet about the 2017 Service to America award and GenBank is nominated–you can vote every day! The rest of the week’s intriguing tweets include yeast diversity, British historical diversity, non-coding regulatory stuff, computer-coding DNA hackers, and setting standards for information of uncultured samples of organisms and for personal data.


SNPpets_2Welcome to our Friday feature link collection: SNPpets. During the week we come across a lot of links and reads that we think are interesting, but don’t make it to a blog post. Here they are for your enjoyment…


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This week there’s an actual call to action in the tweets. See Steven Salzberg’s tweet about the 2017 Service to America award. You can vote for Genbank. Really–try to imagine the last couple of decades without it. And it’s time to celebrate government science in front of the public. Go vote. After that, come back for the cheese and pomegranite genome. Most intriguing chatter this week was the ancient plant genome stuff at the bottom. I keep trying to tell people how far ahead agriculture is in genomics applications. Human researchers: ZZZZzzzzzzzzz.


SNPpets_2Welcome to our Friday feature link collection: SNPpets. During the week we come across a lot of links and reads that we think are interesting, but don’t make it to a blog post. Here they are for your enjoyment…


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I stayed up late last night to see if I’d have health care this morning, and I got off schedule. But off we go–still insured!

This Friday includes the first ever tardigrade protein structure! It’s bigger on the inside–wait, no, wrong thing. Human wise, we have recreational genomics apps, and we have recreational genomics consequences. Epigenetic shampoo (seriously). Students and biotechnology issues, how are they thinking about the topics? Maize and Mars. Dead bovine DNA. Live cheese microbes. Hungry yet?


SNPpets_2Welcome to our Friday feature link collection: SNPpets. During the week we come across a lot of links and reads that we think are interesting, but don’t make it to a blog post. Here they are for your enjoyment…


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This week I’m taking a different tack. There was something bothering me about misuse of genomics, and I’m going to rant on that. Recently a friend pointed me to something that I hadn’t seen before: cranks are misusing 23andMe-type of data to “diagnose” kids as being likely to suffer “vaccine injury”. As you might recognize from the dog-whistle, this means that anti-vaccine cranks are taking their message to a new front: personalized genomics. They are misusing data to convince parents that vaccinating their kids is dangerous.

This is a very, very disturbing direction as vaccine fears already have led to tragic outcomes as kids get vaccine-preventable diseases at increasing rates.

In addition, cranks are coming together around “personalized medicine” to pitch their terrible ideas to people and sell them “detox” potions and supplements. They are out talking to the public on these things. We need to step up our game and get people better information. There will be serious consequences–misuse of genomics on many topics–with the potential for public health outcomes.

So below are a few links to illustrate this. It’s time to raise awareness of this in the legit genomics community. I expect others didn’t know this was going on, too.


SNPpets_2Welcome to our Friday feature link collection: SNPpets. During the week we come across a lot of links and reads that we think are interesting, but don’t make it to a blog post. Here they are for your enjoyment…


This week there was some mainstream communication on genomics as well. I’m not sure it helped. Sigh.

 

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This Friday includes a range of topics, as usual. Interesting assessments of the state of autism genomic architecture–and read the piece on the “ghettoization” of genetic disease after that (Laura Hercher’s tweet). Horizontal gene transfer in cheese bacteria. Traits in crops. CRISPR for insects. Deep time in human DNA, and evolutionary history of tumors. There are so many great things around right now…. Off we go!


SNPpets_2Welcome to our Friday feature link collection: SNPpets. During the week we come across a lot of links and reads that we think are interesting, but don’t make it to a blog post. Here they are for your enjoyment…


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This week includes a range of topics. Human whole genome sequencing, pathogens, a plant kinome, a plant-named tools that’s not about plants (per se), cooler cattle, and #scishirt Friday.

Next week will be a vacation week for us. See you later in July.


SNPpets_2Welcome to our Friday feature link collection: SNPpets. During the week we come across a lot of links and reads that we think are interesting, but don’t make it to a blog post. Here they are for your enjoyment…


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This week included the first day of summer, and I lost the thread just a little bit. But there were some fun things. Tindr for preprints? Really? GWAS drama. Legal issues. Cats domesticating humans, or something. Ok, maybe that’s just my house.


SNPpets_2Welcome to our Friday feature link collection: SNPpets. During the week we come across a lot of links and reads that we think are interesting, but don’t make it to a blog post. Here they are for your enjoyment…


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This week was yummy. Apple epigenome and a new corn assembly, in time for your northern hemisphere summer picnics. Marine protists for you to think about during your walks on the beach. The return of the Venn, and a guide to PCA plots. A very cool set of human protein complexes. Synbio tools.

My favorite this week, though, was the sequencing of different parts of a 200+ year old oak tree. That is a cool idea.


SNPpets_2Welcome to our Friday feature link collection: SNPpets. During the week we come across a lot of links and reads that we think are interesting, but don’t make it to a blog post. Here they are for your enjoyment…


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This week was big on #CRISPR stuff. That drama about the off-target alterations, and the pushback, consumed much oxygen. But there’s plenty of the usual stuff too–new software, personalized medicine marches on, DTC genetic testing issues, new samples from ancient sources. Best thing: the script to convert fastq to emojis.

Oh–I’m off next week because I’ll be on the road without much chance to capture the tweets with my butterfly net.


SNPpets_2Welcome to our Friday feature link collection: SNPpets. During the week we come across a lot of links and reads that we think are interesting, but don’t make it to a blog post. Here they are for your enjoyment…


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This week includes one of those stories that reminds me of the power of databases. See that diagnostic odyssey of a family with a child with mystery symptoms and the doctor who sleuthed out some information–then connected with other families awaiting answers (Hudson Alpha tweet). But then there’s also the looming issues of misuse of information, two tweets on that this week. More tools. More genomes. Wild plants, wild viruses, wild ancestors. Reactome graphical components are popular–if you make them, people will use them.


SNPpets_2Welcome to our Friday feature link collection: SNPpets. During the week we come across a lot of links and reads that we think are interesting, but don’t make it to a blog post. Here they are for your enjoyment…


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