Lung Cancer Risks raised by Genetic Variations

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A research team led by scientists at MD Anderson Cancer Center report that 2 specific common inherited
genetic variations are associated with increased risk of lung cancer for smokers and former smokers.
Dr. Amos talks about how the findings are a major step forward in identifying those at high risk for
non-small cell lung cancer and for understanding how smoking and genetic factors interact to cause the disease.

Modern Transportation and Infectious Disease – MWV15

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From your local bus route to international air travel, infectious diseases can spread across the globe in a matter of hours. In this video podcast episode filmed at the Koshland Science Museum in Washington, D.C., Stephen Eubank from the Virginia Bioinformatics Institute of Virginia Tech and Daniel Lucey from Georgetown University discuss the role of transportation in the spread of disease and examine the effectiveness of various measures to curb transmission. Stephen Eubank, Ph.D., is a...

BIOTERRORISM: PLAGUE AS A BIOLOGICAL WEAPON

submitted by: camdic
Bioterrorism is the utilization of microorganisms or toxins in order to produce a disease and/or death in human beings, animals or plants. Different from conventional weaponry, relatively economic means are used that allow the elimination of living beings without destroying the surrounding atmosphere. The most probably method for spread of bioweapons is aerial transmission, continuing into water supplies and food. The CDC (US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta) has...

Interview with Computational Biologist and SciVee Cofounder Phil Bourne

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submitted by: Phil

Prof. Simon Twigger of the Medical College of Wisconsin asked me to visit for a day in January of 2008. We started the day with this interview which Simon conducted which describes my career and interests. He kindly let us post it here. It might be of interest to anyone considering a career in computational biology as it covers one such career path which began before the field itself was established.

Cheminformatics in Open Notebook Science

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Jean-Claude Bradley guest lectures on Rajarshi Guha's cheminformatics course at Indiana University. After an introduction to Open Notebook Science and the synthesis of anti-malarial compounds, topics include SMILES, InChIs, InChIKeys, CMLRSS, JCAMP-DX, JSpecView, ExcelVBA, blogs, wikis and Second Life.

HUTCHINSON-GILFORD SYNDROME

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Recent studies suggest that, as in other aging syndromes, the Hutchinson-Gilford syndrome is due at to a defect in the mechanism of DNA repair. Mutations have been found in the Lamin A gene (LMNA) situated on chromosome 1.