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Friday SNPpets

This week’s SNPpets include a variety of things–some the usual hard science, some were clever strategies to engage in softer ways. We also had genomics diagnostics and a roadmap to the clinic. Genes and developmental delays. Animal models for mechanisms, not for target discovery. There was a fun #DNADay16 talk about the genetics of Wizarding, using Harry Potter characters as the pedigrees. Metagenomics pizza. Also this week, the first time I saw news first “reported on github”.

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…

Friday SNPpets

This week’s SNPpets include a range of tools and genomics studies, from microbial to planaria to salmon to humans, as usual–as well as some that are species-agnostic.  Also stuff that is aimed at drug targets and pharmacology, including the Open Targets project Target Validation Platform. There’s a new DNA privacy bill under discussion in the US that I found interesting. Also–next Monday April 25 is #DNADay! Participate in community outreach with a number of strategies.

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…


Friday SNPpets

Welcome 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…

  • RT @BGI_Events: Important question, & great primer RT @deannachurch: From @kbradnam:. ‘When is a genome finished?’ http://tinyurl.com/7rypaxe  //nice! [Mary]
  • Because of meeting @papermantis at @scio12 conference, today I am checking out PATRIC (or Pathosystems Resource Integration Center) which describes itself as “providing rich data and analysis tools for all bacterial species in the selected NIAID category A-C priority pathogens list.” So far I am impressed & looking forward to digging into it deeper as I have time. [Jennifer]
  • @OpenHelix: DNA Day essay contest announced! Via @DNAday Also teaching+learning resources from @GeneticsSociety http://t.co/PMEOyQt1 ht @geneticmaize [Mary]
  • Things that make you go hmmmm….. RT @phylogenomics: Am wondering – will GINA cover studies of microbes living in and on people http://t.co/JaWuFTKN #UCDCitSci [Mary]
  • Interesting example of why integration of data across resources is hard. Chemistry issue, but true of all sorts of bio and gene related things. Hat tip Antony Williams on G+. See the post Challenges of data integration. [Mary]
  • FYI, from ExPASy News: “Due to maintenance work, many ExPASy proteomics services will be unavailable from Sunday January 29th to Wednesday February 1st, 2012. These services include PROSITE, ENZYME, Protein Spotlight, World-2DPAGE, Swiss-2DPAGE and proteomics tools such as ProtParam, Compute pI/MW.” [Jennifer]
  • The watermelon map! Woot! @francfue: A High Resolution Genetic Map Anchoring Scaffolds of the Sequenced Watermelon Genome http://t.co/PkNQIcY0 [Mary]
  • Testify! @KamounLab: “Given proper training and demystification biologists are perfectly capable of working their own #bioinformatics” http://t.co/OJ9IWMgV [Mary]
  • RT @mary_carmichael: Start of the Human Circuit Project? @broadinstitute launches effort to catalog all biochemical wiring in human cells: http://t.co/tm8wnMDa” [Mary (not Carmichael)]
  • More #scio12 goodies: @genome_gov: Check out ‘science online’ genomic medicine session on wiki: http://t.co/sKjbjfml Thanks @MishaAngrist [Mary]
  • RT @yokofakun: [delicious] miRdSNP: a database of disease-associated SNPs and microRNA target sites on 3′UTRs of human genes #t… http://t.co/Ccq1seEL [Mary]


DNA Day approaches (& when did the day start changing?)

DNA Day is approaching. On April 25th, nearly 60 years ago, Watson and Crick published their research clinching DNA as the genetic code. DNA Day is celebrated internationally to raise the public’s understanding of genetics, DNA and genomics.

You can also check out many sites this month (and through the year) to learn more about genetics and DNA. If you have any, please comment and I’ll add them to our list.

The University of Utah has a great site, “Learn Genetics” with a DNA Day run down.

The research journal Nature has a list of links and topics celebrating the 50th anniversary, including a free archive of the papers published by Watson, Crick, Franklin and others.

The National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) celebrates National DNA Day every year (though unexplainably a different day in April every year*) with events, chats and more.

I also have a question for our readers, why is the NGHRI celebrating DNA Day on different days the last couple years. I always understood DNA Day to be April 25th because that was the day the Watson/Crick paper was published. NGHGRI’s National DNA Day celebration was on April 25th for the years 2007, 2008 and 2009, but in 2010 it was April 23rd and this year it’s April 15th. I kind of understand last year, like Veterans day or other holiday that falls on a Sunday, it’s nice to move it to a day people pay attention. Last year April 25 fell on a Sunday, so move it to a Friday. It’s not like NHGRI is alone, ASHG, 23andMe and others are doing DNA Day on April 15th this year (well, 23andme had their special yesterday). What’d I miss?

World Malaria Day + DNA Day

worldmalariadayUsually we try to do something for DNA Day, but this year as it falls on a Saturday, and we have been busy evangelizing about DNA all over the world this past month, we were too busy to put together a blog project.

And then as I was looking around the web I saw that it was also World Malaria Day(I had no idea that “malarious” was an adjective) So I have decided to create a gene fusion and do a World Malaria DNA Day post.  I’m going to introduce you to the Malaria Genome Browser.

The Ares Lab Malaria Genome Browser is built on the UCSC Genome Browser foundation–if you want to learn more about how to use that software you can see our free training on it.

I went to see what the Twitter coverage was for Malaria Day and their link is very strange (Malaria or Mother’s Day??)…but many people are suggesting donations to the malaria net projects–not the internet kind.  Please consider donating to one of those worthy efforts to prevent malaria.

Roll Back Malaria World Malaria Day 2009

Happy DNA Day!

dna dayWatson and Crick’s discovery was 55 years ago (original Nature article). The Human genome was completed 5 years ago.

And thus DNA Day every April 25th in celebration of those two huge milestones. The celebrations often revolve around education and educational tools to teach students, scientists and the public about the science behind DNA and the genome.

As we mentioned last week (that post has more interesting information about DNA Day), we are celebrating here too. Well, actually we celebrate DNA day every day ;), it’s our job.. but in extra celebration…

We are offering a tutorial on how to use the NCBI Map Viewer. The NCBI Map Viewer, as our blurb says,

organizes and displays dozens of species genomes, and provides additional context with appropriate annotations for the genomic sequences. Extensive integration with other NCBI tools enables researchers to link quickly to relevant additional details.mapviewer

So, go check it out and learn a little more in celebration of DNA Day! (and don’t forget, there are 7 free full tutorial suites available)

Also, DNA Day is begin celebrated around the world, check out some of these celebrations:

At “Eye on DNA” points to a DNA Day ECard!

Go to the DNA Day Chat Room at the National Human Genome Research Institute

Go extract your own DNA or “write your name in DNA” in beads of four colors for the real DNA geek in you.

Read some “Reflections on DNA Day” at SEA.

We will celebrate DNA Day!

At OpenHelix, we certainly appreciate DNA! So we wanted to join in the festivities on DNA Day–this year the party is April 25, just about a week from today.

DNA Day commemorates the completion* of the human genome sequencing project. Annually there are special events, teaching and learning opportunities, and sometimes cupcakes**.

We are going to have something to offer, but we aren’t telling what just yet. Be sure to come back on Friday April 25th to see what we have available here. In the meantime, you might enjoy hearing Francis Collins talk about DNA Day. Did you know there will be a national chat room on that day? Or you might consider signing on to the COGE board: the Community of Genetic Educators. There are other ways to get involved–I know the American Society of Human Genetics organizes around this as well.

DNA Day at the NIH: http://www.genome.gov/20519692

ASHG Genetics Education and Outreach: http://genednet.org/pages/k12_mentor.shtml

*yeah, I know. But that’s the way it is told.

**maybe that’s just me. Down the street from me they make the best cupcakes in the world.