Sifting through my website stats, I realised that bioinformaticians are reading more posts discussing "how to do bioinformatics" than the ones with a strict scientific content. Is this a feature of this blog, or does it reflect a common problem with working habits? Drawing some conclusions after two years of atcgeek After almost a couple … Continue reading Is "how to do bioinformatics" the major topic in bioinformaticians online reading habits?
It was a cold November morning, year 2011. Sapienza University has a huge campus next to the city centre of Rome, where the main faculties are stored in huge buildings in the rationalist style. Yet, the faculty of Biochemistry has a detached site in the neighboured flanking the campus, San Lorenzo. I was crossing the streets of … Continue reading The four most stupid things I have ever done in bioinformatics.
War on Science, yet another chapter. I think that anyone working in Science or caring about it, and anyone who aims to a growth in the public opinion's awareness on the scientific issues of global interest, tends to spend some time to contrast hoaxes, misconceptions and anti-scientific propaganda. The most of the times, you end … Continue reading Italian Minister of Health authored the preface of a book supporting homoeopathy.
To anyone having to do something with immunity studies, the nuclear factor kappa-light-chain-enhancer of activated B cells, will sound really familiar. The NF-kB is a protein complex deputed to initiate the transcriptional response to external stimuli, such as stress, citokines, antigens, bacteria, free radicals or UV light irradiation. Expressed in active B cells, it is … Continue reading Applying phylogenetics and bioinformatics to NF-kB studies
It was the early eighties, a day like any other at the MIT. And a printer was not working. The Artificial Intelligence Laboratory programmer Richard Stallman did his best to fetch the source code of the driver from the manufacturer to fix it, but there was no chance. The code was closed, and this was … Continue reading Happy birthday mr. GNU
The day of truth has come for Catalonia. The region surrounding Barcelona will meet a crucial election tomorrow in which the people will decree whether following within the Spanish State or going further with the negotiations to separate from Madrid and build and independent state. Differently from the UK in the Scotland affair, anyways, the Spanish … Continue reading The Catalan scientists' support for Independence and Science production in post-modern Europe
There is no better way to come back to my blog writing than by announcing a couple of novelties. As someone may remember,at the beginning of January I joined the Centre for Research in Agricultural Genomics (CRAG) in Barcelona as PhD student. Along with other PhDs at the CRAG, I am volunteering for the organisation of the … Continue reading Organising the European #PlantScience Retreat 2016 in Barcelona.