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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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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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Science communication

Scientists are specialists… …at making their incredibly interesting work sound utterly boring: Jargon and scientists’ love for their own prose tending to weave dense, impenetrable sentences.. like.. this… one. Luckily, I was able to attend an excellent Science Communication course … Continue reading

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Befi-BaTS v0.1.1 alpha release

Long-overdue update for beta version of Befi-BaTS. Software: Befi-BaTS Author: Joe Parker Version: 0.1.1 beta (download here) Release notes: Befi-BaTS v0.1 beta drops support for hard polytomies (tree nodes with > 2 daughters), now throwing a HardPolytomyException to the error … Continue reading

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Generation of neutralizing antibodies and divergence of SIVmac239 in cynomolgus macaques following short-term early antiretroviral therapy.

PLoS Pathog. 2010 Sep 2;6(9):e1001084. Ozkaya Sahin G, Bowles EJ, Parker J, Uchtenhagen H, Sheik-Khalil E, Taylor S, Pybus OG, Mäkitalo B, Walther-Jallow L, Spångberg M, Thorstensson R, Achour A, Fenyö EM, Stewart-Jones GB, Spetz AL. Neutralizing antibodies (NAb) able … Continue reading

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Safety and immunogenicity of novel recombinant BCG and modified vaccinia virus Ankara vaccines in neonate rhesus macaques.

J Virol. 2010 Aug;84(15):7815-21. Epub 2010 May 19. Rosario M, Fulkerson J, Soneji S, Parker J, Im EJ, Borthwick N, Bridgeman A, Bourne C, Joseph J, Sadoff JC, Hanke T Although major inroads into making antiretroviral therapy available in resource-poor … Continue reading

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Full-Length Characterization of Hepatitis C Virus Subtype 3a Reveals Novel Hypervariable Regions under Positive Selection during Acute Infection

Humphreys I, Fleming V, Fabris P, Parker J, Schulenberg B, Brown A, Demetriou C, Gaudieri S, Pfafferott K, Lucas M, Collier J, Huang KH, Pybus OG, Klenerman P, Barnes E. J Virol. 2009 Nov;83(22):11456-66. Epub 2009 Sep 9. Hepatitis C … Continue reading

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Journal Impact Factors – a good free tool

(originally posted on Kitserve.org.uk) Recently, I’ve taken on more consulting work outside my own immediate area. http://www.eigenfactor.org, a free impact factor tool, has been incredibly handy. Here’s why. Getting to grips (well on some level, at least) with a new … Continue reading

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Estimating the Date of Origin of An HIV-1 Circulating Recombinant Form

Virology. 2009 Apr 25;387(1):229-34. Epub 2009 Mar 9. Tee KK, Pybus OG, Parker J, Ng KP, Kamarulzaman A, Takebe Y. HIV is capable of frequent genetic exchange through recombination. Despite the pandemic spread of HIV-1 recombinants, their times of origin … Continue reading

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Correlating Viral Phenotypes With Phylogeny: Accounting for Phylogenetic Uncertainty

Infect Genet Evol. 2008 May;8(3):239-46. Epub 2007 Aug 21. Parker J, Rambaut A, Pybus OG. Many recent studies have sought to quantify the degree to which viral phenotypic characters (such as epidemiological risk group, geographic location, cell tropism, drug resistance … Continue reading

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