Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Plug your data into the Galaxy

A report from Genome Web: Data-intensive bioinformatics tasks that were once relatively rare are now "permeating every aspect of biology," says James Taylor, a computational biologist at Emory and co-developer of Galaxy, an open-source software system that allows anyone with a normal laptop to analyze genomic data. Read more of the Genome Web article.

An Earthling from the unsequenced genome files:
Malaysian long-tongued nectar bat: Photo by Robert Baker.

Taylor's lab is working with biologist Nicole Gerardo to analyze the first sequencing of the ant genome, as well as the genomics of agricultural ant societies. A key part of the project is bringing genomics into classrooms, by giving high school and college students experience at analyzing genomic data.

"We hope to build up a public research community around this project to facilitate broader analysis," says Taylor, a leading expert in bio-informatics. "We will provide supporting infrastructure to allow people to discover new things. This project is novel – and it's going to be fun."

Bug splatter study is data driven
Mapping genomics of complex ant system

What genome would you most like to see analyzed?

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