DNA barcodes and biodiversity

On Friday, I attended an interesting seminar on DNA barcoding by Dr. Paul Hebert, Director of the Biodiversity Institute of Ontario, Canada. I had a basic idea about how you might go about “barcoding” life on earth, but I didn’t really understand why you would want to.  Paul’s talk illuminated me by explaining that having barcodes you can much more easily measure the biodiversity (i.e. the number of species) in any given sample, even if the individual species are not actually known/named.  To do this…Continue Reading “DNA Barcodes: measuring biodiversity on Earth”

Yesterday I attended a talk about clinical trial data, by Paul Houston of CDISC, Europe.  CDISC is the Clinical Data Interchange Standards Consortium.  This organisation looks into ways to make it possible for open access and interchange of clinical data.  I sketchnoted Paul’s talk – which was about the latest developments in making clinical trial data open for all.  

At a recent talk by Elspeth Bruford entitled “Gene naming in the past, present and future“,  I learned about the process for naming genes. Elspeth works in the HUPO Gene Nomenclature Committe (HGNC) team, which is based at EMBL-EBI.  Check out the website where you can find out more about HGNC’s work.

  The Web Development Team where I work recently moved to a brand new office building: the EMBL-EBI South Building/ ELIXIR Technical Hub. It is a beautiful building, and will be a great place to work, but it smells a bit “new”.  I guess like new car smell, it’s inevitable when there is new stuff everywhere – glued, filled and fresh out of the plastic packaging. Following our retreat, we thought it would nice to improve the working environment for the team with some ‘air-cleaning’…Continue Reading “Something green to keep new office air clean”

  There’s nothing like a couple of away days to improve morale and working relationships in a team.  A couple of weeks ago, the web development team took a couple of days to explore “The Way We Work” – and to spend some time getting to know each other better. We went to King’s Lynn in Norfolk to experience an Extreeme Adventure.  This was a set of obstacles suspended between platforms in the tree tops. An interesting aspect of the experience was learning how to…Continue Reading “Treetop team building retreat”