What’s The Answer? (missing applications, revisited)

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This week’s highlighted post is actually a trip down memory lane. It floated up to the top recently because the someone raised the question again:

HI all,

Since last post in this thread is almost 4 years old, I am just curious. What was already sold, what has changed and more important, Which Application Is Truly Missing In Bioinformatics today?

One of the things I see is still the need for some data format standards. Another one is related to lack of global standards how to build data analysis pipelines.

I am curious about your thoughts.


Bioinformatics moves very fast in some ways, yet in other ways the same old problems remain. It was kind of interesting to look over the things we all desired years ago, and think about where we are since then.

Original post question:

Question: Which Application Is Truly Missing In Bioinformatics?

It’s a simple & straight questions. Just think about an app that when you found it, you first thought would be – “OMG!!! That’s it” – or smth like – “I wish I could have found/written/idealized it before”. Don’t need to be a bioinformatical swiss knife or a McGuyver paper clip. Just smth that would make your life much happier/easier.

My example is quite simple. I really wish that some sort of Monte Carlo Simulator of Generic Urn Models (population genetics rlz!) just appear in the net, with a nice, clean and well documented API (written in C) and bindings for my favorite scripting languages. That’s what I really miss, right now. What’s your story?


So go over and walk down memory lane. This is kind of an interesting way to have the sort of institutional memory of a specialist group to look back on, stuff that you don’t necessarily capture in the formal science routes.