Choosing the right candidate. A lesson to be learned.

Being in science is basically a matter of applying for a position. As you graduate in your master, you swiftly approach your first "application round" for a PhD, and after your PhD, the endless post-doc route will take you into several cover letter writing, interviews and candidate selections. As an high level scientist commented to … Continue reading Choosing the right candidate. A lesson to be learned.

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Information and intelligence: let's meet the Smart Slime

As we talk about information in biology, mind goes through DNA and protein sequences, on the tracks of what we have learned to call "bioinformatics", along with a fair amount of algorithms, open source methods, coding hacks, genome assemblies, libraries and bugs. Luckily, Biology is much more complex and beautiful than mere green strings, and information in … Continue reading Information and intelligence: let's meet the Smart Slime

An exceptional youtube playlist to start with machine learning.

A "Machine Learning" algorithm is defined as an algorithm able to change its structure and functioning according to the data submitted. In other words, a machine learning algorithm is capable to learn from data and be refined after implementation. Nowadays, many structural biology (e.g. psi-pred, jpred), bioinformatics (HMM-based software) and systems biology (network analysis and db comparison) algorithms rely … Continue reading An exceptional youtube playlist to start with machine learning.

RNA-Seq bioinformatics analysis video tutorial

I often spend some time on Rafael Irizzarry's youtube channel, that is provided with very useful and clear video tutorials and insights on bioinformatics and statistics. In this video- tutorial, a farily explanatory introduction to RNA- Seq data analysis is perfromed by Kasper Hansen, who gives an introduction to RNAseq and relevant computational and statistical … Continue reading RNA-Seq bioinformatics analysis video tutorial

DNAApp, an application to view DNA sequences on your mobile. I mean, what?!?!?

When I started off with coding, I used to joke with the guys at my lab about the possibility to bring bioinformatics on mobile devices. I used to say that my fondest dream was to implement a BLAST application for iPhone. Some time later, someone actually did it on Android, with poor luck. Indeed, mobile devices are … Continue reading DNAApp, an application to view DNA sequences on your mobile. I mean, what?!?!?

30 years of Art meeting Science. A lecture by William Latham.

Leopard jacket, a plastic red shirt. A kitsch style that only Brits can wear with unquestionable style. William Latham gains the attention at the first sight. Born in 1961, he pioneered the field of computer art, and got known for his organic artworks based on the processes of evolution. After having founded the Computer Artworks Ltd, game studio … Continue reading 30 years of Art meeting Science. A lecture by William Latham.

Researchers get *shot* in Italy as #ScienceBulletChallenge goes viral.

#ScienceBulletChallenge is a viral initiative aimed at reporting the untenable labor conditions of scientists in Italian public research centres. A recent investigation claims that, in the last decade, the 93,3% of italian Science personnel was hired according to the so- called "precarious employment contracts". In Italy, we use the term "precarious" (precario) to indicate those employment contracts that are limited … Continue reading Researchers get *shot* in Italy as #ScienceBulletChallenge goes viral.