Category Archives: Blog

What is ‘real-time’ phylogenomics?

Over the past few years I’ve been developing research, which I collectively refer to as ‘real-time phylogenomics’ – and this is the name of our mini-site for MinION-based rapid identification-by-sequencing. Since our paper on this will hopefully be published soon, … Continue reading

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Some aspects of BLASTing long-read data

Quick note to explain some of the differences we’ve observed working with long-read data (MinION, PacBio) for sample ID via BLAST. I’ll publish a proper paper on this, but for now: Long reads aren’t just a bit longer than Illumina data, … Continue reading

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Only Corbyn can save the Left

Labour go into this election with the dice stacked against Corbyn, as the Tories intended. But here’s the thing – he’s only an election liability *if* you believe he can win. But in fact everyone – surely even the man … Continue reading

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Step-by-step: Raspberry Pi as a wifi bridge, plus a (really) low-spec media centre…

I’ll keep this brief, really so, because this is mainly an aide-memoire for when this horrific bodge breaks in the next, ooh, month or so. But, for context: The problem: Our office/studios are in a shed at the bottom of the … Continue reading

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‘Stretched resources’ applies to parliamentarians, too…

I listened to a sad story on BBCR4 today this morning – a grieving mother can’t bury her daughter, murdered, because there’s no body – in years of searching none has been found. The killer isn’t co-operating (they don’t have … Continue reading

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Science and (small) business

Over the last 10-20 years there’s been a revolution in academic science (or should that be ‘coup’?) where many aspects of the job have been professionalised and formalised, especially project management but management in general. This generally includes tools like … Continue reading

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Making progress down the road

Too many laws and customs of driving make speed more important than safety, from the driving instructors’ “make good progress down the road” (e.g. “hurry the fuck up”, which most drivers internalise as “drive at least as fast as the … Continue reading

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Single-molecule real-time (SMRT) Nanopore sequencing for Plant Pathology applications

A short presentation to the British Society for Plant Pathology’s ‘Grand Challenges in Plant Pathology’ workshop on the uses of real-time DNA/RNA sequencing technology for plant health applications. Doctoral Training Centre, University of Oxford, 14th September 2016. Slides [SlideShare]: cc-by-nc-nd … Continue reading

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Labour’s Corbyn election – ten thoughts.

Riiiight so both Corbyn and Angela Eagle can run for Labour Leader, so the election’s on. Labour’s turn to agonise about runners, riders, the gap between party members, the MPs who they volunteer for, and the public who might (or … Continue reading

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On schools testing

Schools testing has been in the news again recently… are SATS etc useful objective measures of a school’s performance? Or do they add unnecessary stress and bureaucracy? Well I think we can all agree more objectivity and less stress are … Continue reading

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