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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…

At Experimental Biology conference next weekend!

I’ll be at the Experimental Biology conference next week. We’ll (OpenHelix of course) will have a booth where we’ll be presenting UCSC Genome Browser Training.

So, come by OpenHelix booth 562 for:

  • a brief demonstration on the features and functionality of the UCSC Genome Browser
  • answers to questions you may have on using the UCSC Genome Browser
  • a free CD with the UCSC Genome Browser tutorial suite, including self run tutorials, PowerPoint presentations and exercises.
  • Quick Reference Card on the UCSC Genome Browser and UCSC Table Browser.

We’ll also will also be presenting its new Genomics Search and Learn Portal. The portal directs scientists to the most relevant publicly available bioinformatics and genomics resources on the web, and then gives them immediate access to tutorials, training materials, and useful tips and information developed by OpenHelix.

Hey, and if nothing else, stop by booth 562  to pick up your free “puzzle” pen (always a popular item).

And of course in our socially networked world, Experimental Biology is on Facebook and interestingly, they’ve got an iPhone/iPad app… guess there always is ‘an app for that’.

“GET” thee to this conference

Announcing the GET Conference 2010 » The Genetic Genealogist, or “Genomes, Environments, Traits” Conference.

It looks fascinating, pulling together many of the few people who have had their entire genomes sequenced and scientists to talk about the future of personal genomics:

Worldwide fewer than 20 individuals have had their genomes sequenced and made publicly available, and on Tuesday, April 27, for the first time, nearly all of them will appear together, along with a select group of business leaders and scientific visionaries, to share their experiences and to provide a look ahead at how personal genomics will rapidly and broadly impact society.

I would love to go, the future is upon us  :). But alas, it’s far away, too expensive and the registration is limited to 200.

"Social Media" and Conferences

Other than the challenges of live blogging a workshop (which I was not able to do recently because of logistical reasons– I can’t write and chew gum at the same time), there are more serious challenges. Daniel MacArthur has been writing about those challenges in On the challenges of conference blogging : Genetic Future, having posted some information from a CSH Biology of Genomes meeting that was criticized and resulted in the clarification of CSH policy (like Daniel, I welcome the policy changes). It resulted in some discussion of social media and scientific conferences. If you haven’t been able to read the posts and discussions, I suggest you take a bit of time to do so. With a world of increasing numbers of scientists twittering, blogging, facebooking and who knows what in the future, it’s a discussion we should be aware of.

The 3rd International Biocuration Conference was Amazing!

I’m nowhere close to being able to describe all that I saw and learned at the conference – I have pages and pages of notes, all full of good stuff – but I did want to give you a brief update today. The conference occurred April 16th-20th in Berlin at the brand new Seminaris conference center just south of Berlin. I had never been to Berlin before & so I went a few days early to sight see. I really enjoyed Berlin & suggest that if you have the chance to visit there that you do. But this is a science blog, not a travel blog, so onto the science…

ism_biocuration_logo On the first day of the conference we celebrated the inauguration of the International Society for Biocuration, or ISB. If you are interested in learning about the society, or joining, you can check them out here.

Also, all poster and talks from the conference are requested to be published at Nature Proceedings, and several are already available. My submission just completed its way through Nature’s curation process and is available here. If you find presentations there that you support, or want to “applaud”, you can “vote” for them. I’d appreciate any support you’d care to give my talk (hint hint) :)

OK, I’ll probably blog more about the conference after I cull my notes & get further on my meeting report, but in the meantime enjoy the links I’ve provided, maybe join the ISB & HAPPY FRIDAY!

OpenHelix Presents UCSC Genome Browser Workshop at African Virtual Conference

OpenHelix Workshop on how to use the UCSC Genome Browser workshop will be presented on February 20th at the first annual African Virtual Conference on Bioinformatics (AfBix’09).

Seattle WA (PRWEB) February 10, 2009 — OpenHelix will present a 90 minute online workshop on the UCSC Genome Browser at the first annual African Virtual Conference on Bioinformatics 2009 (AfBix’09), February 20th at 16:00 GMT.

The UCSC Genome Browser introductory workshop will cover the topics needed to effectively use this powerful, free, publicly-accessible genomics tool, including: basic functionality of Genome Browser searching and BLAT use. The workshop will be open to all registered participants in the conference and can be accessed online from either the participants’ location or one of several ‘hubs’ in Africa

The Afbix’09 virtual conference, which is the first of its kind in Africa, is supported by the Bioinformatics Organization, Regional Student Group Africa (RSG Africa), Regional Student Group Morocco (RSG Morocco), and African Society of Bioinformatics and Computational Biology (ASBCB). The dates for the conference are 19th to 20th February 2009.

Participants can register for the conference at bioinformatics.org.

About OpenHelix
OpenHelix, LLC, (www.openhelix.com) provides the genomics knowledge you need when you need it. OpenHelix currently provides online self-run tutorials and on-site training for institutions and companies on the most powerful and popular free, web based, publicly accessible bioinformatics resources. In addition, OpenHelix is contracted by resource providers to provide comprehensive, long-term training and outreach programs.

About Bioinformatics.Org
The Bioinformatics Organization, Inc. was established in 1998 to create a collaborative environment for bioinformatics practitioners and neophytes throughout the world. The Organization provides these individuals, as well as the public at large, free and open access to the materials and methods used in bioinformatics research, development (i.e., computer programming), and education. The Organization helps to lower the barrier to entering and participating in bioinformatics, as access to commercial resources can be prohibitively expensive for those working individually, in small groups, at poorly-funded institutions or in developing nations. Currently, there are more than 25,000 members and 400 hosted projects.

Advances in Genome Biology and Technology

If, like us, you were not able to go to sunny, warm Florida last week to the Advances in Genome Biology and Technology conference, well… never fear, that’s what blogging is for :D. Several bloggers who attended have given some interesting and informative overviews and highlights of the conference. Anthony Fejes gave a live blogging blow by blow, Daniel MacArthur of Genetic Future writes about the battle lines being drawn at sequencing companies (and some highlights), Dr. Robison discusses a new company planning to offer $5,000 dollar genomes (but only Human) this year (that $1,000 genome isn’t far away!). So, if you want to know some of the goings on at the conference, those are good places to start. The “Complete Genomics” story seems to be a big one.

6th Annual Rocky Mountain Bioinformatics Conference (Rocky '08)

From the ISCB mailing list:


6th Annual Rocky Mountain Bioinformatics Conference (Rocky ’08)

December 5-7, 2008… Snowmass/Aspen, Colorado


Abstracts = DEADLINE DATE–October 10, 2008 http://iscb.org/rocky08/call_pres.php


The 6th Annual Rocky Mountain Bioinformatics Conference (Rocky ’08) will be held this year in Snowmass/Aspen, Colorado, December 5-7, 2008 at the Silvertree Resort. You are invited to submit an abstract for a short talk or poster describing your work.


The conference is sponsored by the International Society for Computational Biology (ISCB) with local organizing by the University of Colorado Center for Computational Biology and chaired by Lawrence Hunter, Ph.D., Director Center for Computational Pharmacology University of Colorado School of Medicine.


The purpose of the meeting is to build bridges among the diverse research and educational community working in the computational biosciences. The conference has an exciting lineup of invited speakers and many opportunities for networking and research exchange. Please feel free to distribute this invitation to interested colleagues.

To assist in the promoting of this year’s conference the planning committee hopes you will print and post the linked conference poster in several strategic locations throughout your institution. We would also appreciate you forwarding the poster to any colleagues you believe may also be interested in attending. http://www.iscb.org/rocky08/pdf/ConferenceFlyer_Rocky2008..pdf



For further information about the meeting, please visit our web site, http://www.iscb.org/rocky08/index.php

Industry sponsorship opportunities are also available here: http://www.iscb.org/rocky08/sponsoropportunities.php


UPDATE: The rates for registration and other stuff are now available, so I’m bumping this announcement back up: http://www.iscb.org/rocky08/registration.php

ScienceDebate 2008

sciencedebate2008blogger.gifAs we progress through this election, I can only shake my head with dismay about the level of discussion. I have heard a lot about “celebrity” recently. And so little on science policy issues that actually do have an impact on our lives.

I was heartened to see an update from the ScienceDebate2008 team this weekend, and the email included this news:

Innovation 2008 Conference We are cohosting a major conference with our friends at the Center for Science, Technology, and Public Policy at the University of Minnesota, called Innovation 2008: Renewing America Through Smarter Science & Technology Policy, and focused on the presidential transition. Visit the conference site here, and please save the dates of October 20 and 21st. Science Debate 2008 supporters Peter Agre and Ira Flatow will deliver the keynotes, and supporters Andy Fire, Lawrence Krauss, Russ Lefevre, Chris Mooney, Genie Scott, Susan Wood, Mary Woolley, and many others will be presenting on a variety of topics important to the next administration.

I am pleased that so many scientists and allies have supported ScienceDebate2008. I’m also glad to see this conference co-hosted with some folks who have been involved in policy already. I think it is time to use our voices to speak to policy issues. I was very happy to help them round up support at the AAAS meeting this year.

Science policy issues affect all of our lives and our careers as well. And we have the data to prove it :)

Research Blogging (Science Blogging Conference)

Lots to report from the Science Blogging Conference. I have a stack of cards with notes and thoughts of things I want to do, things I want to report on and things I want to change or add to the blog here :). It was definitely a stimulating conference with lots of great people to meet.
Today’s my day off (having returned from the conference just yesterday and since it’s Martin Luther King day (daughter at home), but I wanted to get started. Tomorrow till have to be the longer post of my impressions and the things I learned. But before I go off today, I’d like to mention researchblogging.org

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