If the NSA spies on us, it’s a massive violation of privacy and omg government and #impeachobama. When some (hopefully not for much longer) anonymous hacker breaks into the personal, private accounts of dozens of famous women, steals their most private photographs, and posts them online, these same men shouting from the rooftops about the NSA retreat to their bunkers, share the photos as much as they can, and do much more I’d rather not imagine right now.

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Say hello to those who hate the NSA, but invade women’s privacy

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Considerando in retrospettiva il mio lungo percorso, quello di coetanei e colleghi e delle giovani reclute che si sono affiancate a noi, credo di poter affermare che nella ricerca scientifica, né il grado di intelligenza né la capacità di eseguire e portare a termine con esattezza il compito intrapreso, siano i fattori essenziali per la riuscita e la soddisfazione personale. Nell’una e nell’altra contano maggiormente la totale dedizione e il chiudere gli occhi davanti alle difficoltà: in tal modo possiamo affrontare problemi che altri, più critici e acuti, non affronterebbero.
Rita Levi Montalcini

Rita Levi Montalcini, 1909-2012

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SeqAhead Workshop on High Performance Computing for Next Generation Sequencing analysis

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Next Generation Sequencing has brought unprecedented volumes of data to the bioinformatics arena. Cost reduction in NGS forecasts massive adoption of these technologies by the genome research community. High Performing Computing might be a necessary choice for an efficient processing and analysis of this daunting amount of data.

The HPC4NGS SeqAhead workshop presents recent advances in the application of High Performing Computing solutions for NGS. The workshop covers HPC developments for assembly, mapping, RNA-seq, variant analysis, and more and it is targeted to bioinformaticians and computer scientists with interest in NGS.

I had the chance to participate to this nice workshop at the Bioinformatics Institute of the “Centro de Investigacion Principe Felipe” in Valencia this week and it was amazing to discover many new talented colleagues, their projects and some interesting approaches to those same issue I live at work everyday and witness a growing, real, appreciation for us “IT guys” in this biologist’s driven world which today Bio-Informatics is…