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Uncertainty over Pacbio-Illumina Deal May Spill over to Oxford Nanopore

A couple of warnings before we begin - (i) this article is for entertainment purpose only and no part of it should be considered an investment advice, (ii) we have no financial position in the mentioned companies.

Trouble in the Software Crowdsourcing Paradise

The world of software crowdsourcing is experiencing a new threat that is far more serious than the existing nuisances (e.g. dependency hell, heartbleed bug). In it, a malicious programmer included code in a popular and widely deployed Javascript library to steal cryptocurrency wallets. To explain the significance, let me quickly review the history of this model for software development.

When Will Citing Blog Posts be a Norm in Bioinformatics Publishing?

For many years, bioinformaticians were defining the publishing trend in biology. This started with the influx of physicists around the completion of human genome project. I remember from early 2000s, when my papers with physicists went straight to preprint servers before publication, whereas the papers with biologists had to go through military-level secrecy. Biologists were not ready to share their papers even with close friends due to the fear of “getting scooped”.

Will Companies Like Oxford Nanopore be at the Epicenter of the Next Financial Crisis?

A couple of warnings before we begin - (i) this article is for entertainment purpose only and no part of it should be considered an investment advice, (ii) we have no financial position in the mentioned companies.

A Decision Point Arrives for Oxford Nanopore

A couple of warnings before we begin - (i) this article is for entertainment purpose only and no part of it should be considered an investment advice, (ii) we have no financial position in the mentioned companies.

A Generation Lost in the Bazaar

Often I download newly published bioinformatics programs or libraries from the github into my Windows laptop and try to compile them within its Cygwin UNIX environment. Over the years, I noticed that those C/C++ codes tend to fall into two distinct categories -

Is '23 and Me' Misleading its Jewish Customers on Ancestry?

‘Fake news’ - step aside. Now we got allegations of ‘fake ancestry’.

Time to Shrink the National Institute of Health (NIH)?

In his recent budget, President Trump proposed to reduce taxes wasted in the NIH Money Pit sinkhole by twenty percent. Such a big cut will most likely not be approved by the Congress, because the political stars are aligning against it. The economic stars, on the other hand, are aligned in favor of drastic reduction of NIH funding in the coming years. We explained why in a post written four years ago. Shutting down parts of NIH, or even the entire agency, will not be an unmitigated disaster for science, and if at all, will be beneficial. We made an appeal to close NHGRI in “Let’s Discuss - Is it Time to Shut Down NHGRI?” and also wrote - “How Much Will the Americans Suffer, If NIH Shuts Down?”.

Is Google Tweaking Search Results to Block Our Posts Critical of NIH Director?

Every once in a while, we use Google search to find links to old posts in our blog. The method seemed to have worked without failure until today. Today we were looking for an earlier post critical of a paper by Francis Collins and Google never gave us the link, no matter how hard we searched for it. It is noteworthy that even after typing the entire title and adding ‘homolog.us’ on the search box, we do not find the relevant post anywhere in the first several pages of the Google results. Is some organization paying Google to block our posts critical of NIH? We present the evidence from four search engines (google, duckduckgo, bing, yahoo). You explain what is going on.

Gullible's Troubles

Apologies to the readers for not being able to make this week’s scheduled posts. Instead I am posting an entertaining essay on the birth of molecular biology. It is from a autobiographical book published in 1976. Any guessing the author will earn 99.99 homolog.us points :).

Upgrade to the blog

We are back after making extensive changes to the blog software being used here. Most important among the changes, we got rid of Wordpress and made a commitment to never use Wordpress again. Wordpress is easy to install, but nightmare to maintain with its entire panoply of buggy plugins. Moreover, it sucks up time by failing at the most unfortunate times.

Suicide Epidemic: Since NIH-funded Clowns Do Not Want to Discuss It, We Will

A large number of NIH-funded parasites waste taxpayers’ money with the excuse that they are working toward improving the health of Americans. Francis Collins, the head of NIH, uses every opportunity to tell everyone how research funded by NIH helps in improving the life expectancy of Americans (a flat out lie). Yet, when research by Deaton and Case uncovered that the life expectancy of Americans of prime age (45-54) was falling, primarily due to rising suicides, Collins and his minions went completely silent.

Was Google Really Censoring Elhaik's Khazar Research in 2013?

In 2013, Dr. Elhaik complained about his home page at John Hopkins University mysteriously disappearing from google searches right after his first Jewish genomics paper started to gain attention. We reproduced his complaint here, and then his page came back on top again after a few days.

The Wall Will be Built and Mexico Will Pay for It

…to stop Americans from flooding their effective and way cheaper healthcare system.

Epigenetics Debacle - Do You Feel Sad for Sid Mukherjee?

Geopolitics - Several New Developments Will Define the World in the Coming

Freedom of Speech

Peak Sequencing and 'Moore's Law' Deception

Our earlier article on Illumina’s surprise announcement received a number of informative comments. We like to discuss them here, but first it is important to explain the term ‘peak sequencing’ properly. That explanation requires us to discuss the relevance of using Moore’s law for sequencing.

Someone Asked Francis Collins about the Retraction Boom. Here is What he Did

Experts Puzzled about Massive Increase in Suicide among Americans. Here is What our Non-expert Thinks

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