Staff Blog

What is the matrix?

If you were trying to teach yourself PYTHON scripting and you started by writing a little programme that treated any input text as a protein sequence, then translate that sequence into all possible genetic codes which were then BLAST searched on the NCBI nr database, if, while testing the protocol, you were to enter the… Read more »

They’re calling it a million

In Sergio Lenoe’s ‘Once upon a time in the West’ there’s a scene Charles Bronson describes to another cowboy what a thousand, thousand dollars is telling him “They’re calling it a million”. It seemed funny less than a hundred years ago

Clock Tower Metrics

Cardiff Castle has many claims to fame. Yet, its role as a measure of Next Generation Sequencing output is not among them. Until now. To be truly memorable, towns and cities need landmark buildings and one only has to visit Crewe to know how true this is. Building bling is important: it contributes to the… Read more »

You’re going to need a bigger boat

Telling people you have a PhD in Genetics is a conversation killer, I get the feeling people assume I will only be interested engaging in high-brow scientific discourse for the evening, perhaps a little ‘confab’ on the Large Hadron Collider?

Every cloud…

Disease. It defines us. The common cold can make Monday mornings uncommonly grim. Cancer can harass us into victimhood or can hone us into heroes. Neuro-psychiatric disorders such as schizophrenia and bipolar affective disorder photoshop our perceptions, tinting and filtering how we see the world and ourselves, and how the world sees us

Moore’s Law? Bingo!

There is a game played frequently at genome sequencing conferences that helps to sustain many a flagging attendee. It’s called Moore’s Law Bingo and the rules, if they exist at all, can be summarised as follows. Every time a delegate references Moore’s Law, say by presenting a plot of plummeting sequencing costs or by making… Read more »