How Facebook Helped Me Discover I’m A Red Hair Gene Carrier

Is it weird for a Spaniard to have red hair? The typical stereotype for a Mediterranean person is brown-skinned, not too tall and with dark hair. I do not seem to fit all those stereotypes very well, except for the dark hair. At least so I thought until I posted this picture of my beautiful […]

Corpas Family Exome Data Available For Public Download

Readers may remember the Crowdfunding Campaign that we run to collect funds to sequence the genomes of the Corpas family. We are pleased to announce the immediate release of our personal exomes (the coding portions of our genes) currently under a CC-BY license, just for issues of compatibility of license. At this point you have permission to […]

A Genome Blogger Manifesto

Have you ever wondered why some people have no reparation in sharing their genetic profiles? Why do they openly talk about something supposedly so private? I believe that no contradiction exists between wanting to protect one’s privacy yet sharing one’s genomic data with the world. I am more concerned about the information that Facebook collects […]

Some 10 Current Interesting Challenges in (Computational) Biology

This is not an exhaustive list, but rather a compendium of current problems that I encounter on a regular basis. This post might be especially useful for students who want to find a challenging problem for their research or simply anyone interested to know some of the science that goes on at the Wellcome Trust […]

Personal Genomes Ripe For Social Networking

Personal genomics offers the promise of raising quality of life to unexpected levels. Understanding one’s genome and its effects become paramount for achieving this promise. Recreational Genomics has arisen as a field of commercial activity allowing mass scale genome screening. For several hundred dollars it is possible to have one’s genome analyzed and results easily […]

Array CGH for Dummies

Array-CGH (Comparative Genomic Hybridasation) is becoming a common method used for analysis of patients’ genomes. Array-CGH works by taking a reference genome covering the whole human genome sequence, cutting it into thousands of pieces and orderly attach them to a chip. These pieces are called probes and are usually on the range of 500-2000 DNA […]

Cloud computing: a new standard platform?

Cloud computing is becoming a technology mature enough for its use in genome research experiments. The use of large datasets, its highly demanding algorithms and the need for sudden computational resources, make large-scale sequencing experiments an attractive test-case for cloud computing. So far I have seen cloud computing demonstrated using R (1). However, it remains […]