Friday SNPpets

Welcome to our Friday feature link dump: 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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  • From BioTechniques: Human Microbiome Project publishes first data – way cool, I’ve been hearing about this project since I first created our IMG tutorial. It will be fun to check the data out! [Jennifer]
  • There’s a competition about the greatest discovery in bioinformatics.  It’s a small prize, and I don’t know this organization so I can’t verify that you’d get the prize, but the discussion is interesting and can’t hurt, I think.  I’ve entered my thoughts.  But if I won I’ll donate the money to Kiva. [Mary]
  • Researchers to Map Ozzy Osbourne’s Genome, Find Out Why He’s Alive – Um, ok, so are they using Keith Richard & Ronnie Wood’s genomes to confirm the findings? And what about the controls – people who didn’t survive massive over doses (Janice Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, Sid Vicious, etc.)? And don’t even get me started on the quack genetic products that might result… hat tip to Cyndy [Jennifer]
  • The Economist has a special report on human genomics. Favorite line so far: “The casual observer, then, might be forgiven for thinking the whole thing a damp squib, and the $3 billion spent on the project to be so much wasted money. But the casual observer would be wrong.” Chew on that Mandel. Hat tip to Eric Topol’s tweeting.  [Mary]
  • A new tool to associate CNVs with phenotypes is CONAN.  [Mary]
  • Splice. A scary cloning movie.  It’s funny–last month seemed to be breakthrough month. This month seems to be  disappointment and fear month. Sigh. [Mary]