DNA Barcodes: measuring biodiversity on Earth

DNA barcodes and biodiversity

On Friday, I attended an interesting seminar on DNA barcoding by Dr. Paul Hebert, Director of the Biodiversity Institute of Ontario, Canada. I had a basic idea about how you might go about “barcoding” life on earth, but I didn’t…

Clinical Trial Data: Open For All?

Yesterday I attended a talk about clinical trial data, by Paul Houston of CDISC, Europe.  CDISC is the Clinical Data Interchange Standards Consortium.  This organisation looks into ways to make it possible for open access and interchange of clinical data. …

Who decides how to name genes?

At a recent talk by Elspeth Bruford entitled “Gene naming in the past, present and future“,  I learned about the process for naming genes. Elspeth works in the HUPO Gene Nomenclature Committe (HGNC) team, which is based at EMBL-EBI.  Check…

Something green to keep new office air clean

  The Web Development Team where I work recently moved to a brand new office building: the EMBL-EBI South Building/ ELIXIR Technical Hub. It is a beautiful building, and will be a great place to work, but it smells a…

Treetop team building retreat

  There’s nothing like a couple of away days to improve morale and working relationships in a team.  A couple of weeks ago, the web development team took a couple of days to explore “The Way We Work” – and…