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 -
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.
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 :).
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.
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.
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.
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.
We have been following the deficit saga of UC Berkeley closely, because it is
a trend-setting university. That means every major university in this country
will have to follow similar course sooner or later. You can see our previous
posts on this topic here,