1. Easily Accessible Web-Based Tools For Analyzing Next-Generation Sequencing Data From Agricultural Animals

    Just submitted this on Thursday:

    Next generation sequencers are beginning to impact agricultural biology. Over the next few years, next generation sequencing will produce incredibly large datasets that will address structural (e.g., SNPs, CNVs, indels, methylation, translocations) and functional (e.g., RNA expression, transcription factor binding sites) variation in …
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  2. Python in the humanities?

    I'm writing some proposals to expand support for Python infrastructure (think cross-platform build and test farms a la Snakebite) and for the Mellon Foundation application, I'd like to find out how Python is being used in the humanities. I found NLTK, the Natural Language Toolkit; what else is big?

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  3. Software testing in science

    As part of a CiSE submission I'm working on, I interviewed the lead developer on a scientific software package today. This software package is mainly used for evolutionary studies, and has a small but devoted following - ~6 developers and ~12 users locally, plus a few dozen users outside of MSU …

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  4. Open Source is like a mistress

    Open source coding is like a not-so-demanding mistress: I work on it at night, surreptitiously, after my wife and daughter are asleep. twill and figleaf are like bastard children, who only get attention when I can spare it from my "real" family (my teaching, research or my actual family, depending …

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