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Why aren’t we benchmarking bioinformatics?

Talk presented at the #bench16 (benchmarking) symposium at KCL, London, Wed 20th April 2016. Funded by the SSI. Slides (Slideshare – cc-by-nd) Tweet this Digg Post to LinkedIn Slashdot Stumble This

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More MinION – the ‘1D rapid’ prep

My last MinION post described our first experiments with this really cool new technology. I mentioned then that their standard library prep was fairly involved, and we heard that the manufacturers, Oxford Nanopore, were working on a faster, simpler library prep. We … Continue reading

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Copying LOADS of files from a folder of LOADS *AND* LOADS more in OSX

Quick one this, as it’s a tricky problem I keep having to Google/SO. So I’m posting here for others but mainly myself too! Here’s the situation: you have a folder (with, ooh, let’s say 140,000 separate MinION reads, for instance…) … Continue reading

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How to fake an OSX theme appearance in Linux Ubuntu MATE

I’ve recently been fiddling about and trying to fake an OSX-style GUI appearance in Linux Ubuntu MATE (15.04). This is partly because I prefer the OSX GUI (let’s be honest) and partly because most of my colleagues are also Mac … Continue reading

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Messing about with the MinION

Molecular phylogenetics – uncovering the history of evolution using signals in organisms’ genetic sequences – is a powerful science, the latest expression of the human desire to understand our common origins. But for all its achievements, I’d always felt something … Continue reading

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Real-time Phylogenomics

General science talk about the potential of real-time phylogenomics, delivered at the Jodrell Lecture Theatre, Kew Gardens, November 2nd 2015 Slides [SlideShare]: cc-by-nc-nd Tweet this Digg Post to LinkedIn Slashdot Stumble This

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Cheat on your exams

Had a heated discussion with a friend the other day. I went to a school, where ‘exam techniques’ were part of the standard toolkit given to students to get them the best possible grades at GCSE, A-levels, and beyond. She … Continue reading

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An appalling, terrible, borderline-criminal proposal from Westminster Council

I’ve just seen the proposal from Westminster Council on a section of the Quietway Grid in their patch from Covent Garden to Waterloo Bridge. A patch, lest we forget that’s used by a lot of bikes: I’m really pushed for time … Continue reading

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Camberwell Green consultation closing – reject these plans!

(Reposted from SouthwarkCyclists.org.uk…) Southwark Council propose expensive and disruptive alterations to Camberwell Green junction and area. The plans are terrible. Southwark Cyclists have thoroughly examined their proposal with expert advice and we have decided to formally reject these plans.    Please respond to the … Continue reading

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Omics in extreme Environments (Lightweight bioinformatics)

Presentation on lightweight bioinformatics (Raspi / cloud computing) for real-time field-based analyses. Presented at iEOS2015, St. Andrews, 3-6th July 2015. Slides [SlideShare]: cc-by-nc-nd Tweet this Digg Post to LinkedIn Slashdot Stumble This

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