Just a brief selection of items that caught my eye this week. Note that this is a Friday as opposed to Friday, lest you mistake this for a new, regular feature.
- R development master class
A new Bioconductor package which builds on the excellent ggplot graphics library, for the visualization of biological data.
Hadley Wickham recently presented this course on R package development for my organisation. I was on parental leave at the time, otherwise I would have attended for sure.
2. Bioinformatics in the media
DNA Sequencing Caught in Deluge of Data
I think we’re both right. Michael’s perspective is that of an expert in high-throughput sequencing data; I’m just pleased to see an introduction to bioinformatics for non-specialists in a mainstream newspaper. And I note that they have corrected the figure caption which offended Michael.
As to the “deluge”: yes, there are other sciences that generate more data and yes, we probably don’t need to archive/analyse a lot of the raw data. However, I’d contend that the basic premise of the article is correct: we are sequencing faster than we can analyse. The solution, obviously, is more bioinformaticians.