Hacker Ethics are not Completely Universal

Hacker values are great ideals to be aspired by current generations of would-be entrepeneurs and even philosophers. Let’s not forget, however, that this culture was grown and fostered in a very particular set of circumstances and country. I do not believe that these ideals are necessarily universal. I can think of a parallel analogy with democracy: despite being universal in its aspirations it does not work in all cultures.

Personal Genomes Ripe For Social Networking

Personal genomics offers the promise of raising quality of life to unexpected levels. Understanding one’s genome and its effects become paramount for achieving this promise. Recreational Genomics has arisen as a field of commercial activity allowing mass scale genome screening. For several hundred dollars it is possible to […]

I don’t want privacy to be dead

“Privacy is dead. Get over it”. People who have famously said this or something similar include Scott McNealy (CEO Sun Microsystems), Eric Schmidt (CEO Google) and Mark Zuckerberg (Founder of Facebook). Some of the reasons that justify why not having privacy is OK include “if you do something […]

Why Should I Care About RNA?

I keep bumping into talks, articles and stuff related to the Bioinformatics of RNAs. It certainly looks appealing. I am not sure though what the fuss is about or whether it is as exciting as the DNA field. The promise of the Next Gen Sequencing and its impact […]

Array CGH for Dummies

Array-CGH (Comparative Genomic Hybridasation) is becoming a common method used for analysis of patients’ genomes. Array-CGH works by taking a reference genome covering the whole human genome sequence, cutting it into thousands of pieces and orderly attach them to a chip. These pieces are called probes and are […]

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