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International Consortium Uses ENCODE To Work Out DNA Role In Disease
2012-09-06 07:57:04

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Partway through the 2003 sci-fi thriller ℠The Matrix Reloaded,´ we learn that the virtual reality world inhabited by society is criss-crossed with secret passages. Ordinary doorways suddenly became passages and pathways that made for limitless possibilities. And like this infinite number of secret routes that fan out across the Matrix, a massive international team of scientists has discovered that the enormous amount of...

Scientists Sequence Genome Of Darwin's Finch
2012-08-17 16:22:43

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online The genome of Galapagos finches have been sequenced for the first time in an international collaboration between the Genome 10K project and BGI. The finch, which was first described by Charles Darwin, is the first of the BGI-Genome 10K collaboration to be made available through the UCSC Genome Browser. "The scientific advancement," Erich Jarvis said in a press release, "is that it will allow us to investigate the genomes of a...

2012-08-02 13:46:02

It's relatively easy to collect massive amounts of data on microbes. But the files are so large that it takes days to simply transmit them to other researchers and months to analyze once they are received. Researchers at Michigan State University have developed a new computational technique, featured in the current issue of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, that relieves the logjam that these "big data" issues create. Microbial communities living in soil or the ocean...

2012-07-10 15:30:31

Biologists' capacity for generating genomic data is increasing more rapidly than computing power - A new algorithm will help them keep up In 2001, the Human Genome Project and Celera Genomics announced that after 10 years of work at a cost of some $400 million, they had completed a draft sequence of the human genome. Today, sequencing a human genome is something that a single researcher can do in a couple of weeks for less than $10,000. Since 2002, the rate at which genomes can be...

2012-07-02 12:53:40

Hybrid error-correction approach boosts accuracy of 'long reads' to 99.9 percent The next "next-gen" technology in genome sequencing has gotten a major boost. A quantitative biologist at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (CSHL) and collaborators today published results of experiments that demonstrate the power of so-called single-molecule sequencing, which was recently introduced but whose use has so far been limited by technical issues. The team, led by CSHL Assistant Professor Michael...

Mapping The Functional Genome
2012-07-02 08:12:28

Regulatory sequences of mouse genome sequenced for first time Popularly dubbed "the book of life," the human genome is extraordinarily difficult to read. But without full knowledge of its grammar and syntax, the genome's 2.9 billion base-pairs of adenine and thymine, cytosine and guanine provide limited insights into humanity's underlying genetics. In a paper published in the July 1, 2012 issue of the journal Nature, researchers at the Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research and the...


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  • A somewhat riotous parade, accompanied with the blowing of tin horns, and other discordant noises; also, a burlesque serenade; a charivari.
'Callithump' is a back-formation of 'callithumpian,' a 'fanciful formation' according to the Oxford English Dictionary. However, the English Dialect Dictionary, says 'Gallithumpians' is a Dorset and Devon word from the 1790s that refers to 'a society of radical social reformers' or 'noisy disturbers of elections and meetings.'
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