Montag, 28. Juni 2010

Cool papers June 10

Personal Highlights:

Nature Reviews Genetics:Next-generation genomics: an integrative approach

Nature Reviews Cancer: Envisioning the future of early anticancer drug development

Nature Reviews Drug Discovery: Virtual screening: an endless staircase?

Cool papers:

Letter to the editor: About pharmaceutical companies and their ways to make more money

Book review: The power of checklists 

Cloud computing for comparative genomics

GPU computing for systems biology

Whenever I am feeling down I write a Nature article 

People: Daniel Branton, Ph.D. and Jonathan Rothberg, Ph.D. (serial life sciences entrepreneur)

Q&A: Cancer cell metabolism - all you need to know

GPUs for RNA Microarray association studies

Insights into Mentorship

Maybe a cool method to deliver cancer drugs better to where they are needed

California vs. Nature (does it mimic USA vs. BP. vs UK? .. no). From the comments: "Fuck Nature - PLoS yea!". ok.

Pay people for compliance. Happens everywhere. Let's extend it to medicine.

Another method and webserver for RNA structural comparison called FRASS. Cool. They also take into account my LaJolla method. And the best: LaJolla does score very well.

Self-Injurious Behavior in Adolescents. Interesting article from PLoS Medicine:
also interesting: Secondary prevention of suicide:
and - old people also kill themselves:

Journals vs. Pandemics vs. Hysteria vs. Reality. Critical Assessment in PLoS Medicine:

Venter scores again: Starring the synthetic bacteria man!

History vs. Archeology is exciting - more about the forgotten Paris zodiac Napoleon lended from Egypt:

Empowerment is key - a book review - I can't put it better

Protein crystallization - not an easy business - featuring an enhancement from Robert Fischett

Barabási about patterns of human behaviour. Cool. A book reveiw. Also interesting in the context of surveillance and such.

That's funny. Nature misspelling names. Happens I guess :)
Really telling life: Obituary: Martin Gardner. Check out his books and this article:

Scientific metrics, IF, H factor and much more explained:

Screening for cancer IS cool (not me - it's Lancet):

A primer to metastasis of cancer cells:

Nature about The role of mentorship in protégé performance

shown in the field of Mathematics:

MicroRNA processing without Dicer in Genome Biology:
and also in Nature Reviews:
Small RNAs: Dispensable Dicer

Modularity of nucleotide binding pockets in proteins:

Protein protein interaction IS complex indeed:

Mutations in Drosophila - happening more often than one might think.
Evidence that Adaptation in Drosophila Is Not Limited by Mutation at Single Sites

That's what I want to read: NGS + a cool analysis:
Whole-Genome Sequencing of a Single Proband Together with Linkage Analysis Identifies a Mendelian Disease Gene

Maybe something for the newly founded German Academy of Sciences?
Nature: The right kind of elitism

Cancer drugs hurt. And more long term research is needed.
Science: Childhood's Cures Haunted by Adulthood's 'Late Effects'

Simply the future: Integrating stuff. Reminds me a little bit of the early beginnings of Computers. At the beginning they were small (in terms of transistors) and stupid. Now they are.. Hmm. Still stupid, but mankind has managed to make them superlarge and really powerful calculators that can be used for a range of things. The hope is that mankind can make abstractions on many levels to make sense out of the celullar machinery for the better.
Nature Reviews Genetics: From The Editors

Cool section in Nature (Article series):
Nature: Applications of Next Generation Sequencing

Detecting methylation can be powerful for many things. For instance diagnostics of cancer types and such. And there seems to be a new cool method available that can boost research there:
Nature Reviews Genetics: Technology: DNA methylation while you sequence

Interesting: There is a correlation between CpG content and mutation rate. But correlations can be tricky. 
Nature Review Genetics: Mutation: It's the CpG content that counts

Neandertal strikes. And keeps us busy most probably:
Nature Reviews Genetics: Genomics: Technical feat gives clues to human origins

Interesting. Knock out half of the genes on a diploid genome and get half of the protein content. But not always.
Nature Reviews Genetics: Functional genomics: One gene or two?

Samstag, 19. Juni 2010


Fortunately, one of my most valuable career experiences was to learn early on not to be timid about trying new methods about which I knew little
Daniel Branton, Ph.D. Emeritus Professor of Biology, Harvard University, Boston, Massachusetts, USA.

Freitag, 11. Juni 2010

Myon Robot of the Humboldt University and this Dr. "I do not publish papers" Hild

Now to something completely different. Nothing about Bioinformatics or Systems Biology - but about: artificial intelligence and robotics.

Once upon a time I had the opportunity to write my Studienarbeit (roughly a Bachelor's degree in the old german degree system) with Manfred Hild (Dr. Hild).

Manfred is mathematician and was ever interested in non linear systems and recurrent neural nets. Meaning (buzz words:) artificial intelligence and robotics. Additionally, he is able to solder and build real electronic stuff (something many computer scientists cannot do at all). Yea. At my time Manfred built strange small walking robots that learnt by themselves how to crawl using recurrent neural nets. Or talking robots that developed their own language. Really really cool stuff. But also really compelling and interesting for me.

Well. I followed a different path and ended up with Bioformatics and Systems Biology (not that bad though :) ).

During the last 7 years Manfred worked hard to build up an independent research group at the HU (Humboldt University) called "Labor für Neurorobotik" ( And he was really successful as it seems.

More interestingly, Manfred - as scientist - almost completely ignores the publication machinery. He just does a good job. This is truly something to learn from.

During the last weeks the group was able to catch great media coverage on their most recent project: The Myon robot. Check out that video and feel inspired: