About a year ago, I came across a really interesting Science paper
entitled "Rapid and inefficient isolation of single cells from soil".
In it, the authors -- from a well-known lab at UC Davis -- described
how they used low-percentage agarose gels to extract thousands of
individual cells from a soil sample ...
(I came across this fragmentary blog post that I wrote sometime in December.
It's a fine example of a failed allegory. To what, I'll let you determine
for yourself. Anyway, in case anyone wants to know what dreck doesn't
make it out of my computer onto the ...
At PyCon 2012, I took a tutorial on the IPython Notebook,
which I'd already been using for a month or two (ever since Wes
McKinney (the author of pandas)
introduced me to it). The tutorial blew me away -- these guys have
done a great job with the notebook so ...
During our next-gen course, a "student" (really
a professor from Australia ;) asked me if I could provide some
guidance on what computational infrastructure was necessary to handle
next-gen sequencing data. While we used Amazon Web Services during
the course, she was interested in finding out if they could use their ...
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