Bradford Condon PhD

Bioinformatics, Web & Mobile Development


biology

Phyloseq is a fantastic R package that really helped me get started in R.  If you need to process your metagenomic data but lack the experience in statistics/R to use, say, the ecology stats R package VEGAN, I highly recommend giving Phyloseq a try.  Running through the vignettes will produce great heatmaps, taxonomy plots, and PCA/NMDS plots.

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This morning I was delighted to come across the IMA Fungus journal.  Put out by the International Mycological Association , the journal title (which primarily publishes species announcements and descriptions) playfully introduces each organism with a friendly “Hello, I’m a fungus!”  The truth is, scientific literature is seldom so fun and informal.

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Back in September last year, I explored some possibilities that the “Stem Cell burger” opened up.  Perhaps the most far-fetched idea I had was to produce meat from cloned celebrity stem cells.

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What does it mean to be a scientist?  I present to you some overly poetic thoughts on the topic.

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An article posted on the Scientific American blog caught my attention recently.  Researchers have discovered the existence of a new organelle, the tannosome, in plants.  It is this organelle that produces tannins, of great interest to wine lovers.  The scientific article in question, posted to my scoop.it, was officially published in the Annals of Botany on September 25th 2013, but it barely created a ripple in the news cycle.  Why not?

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Warning:  probably some incredibly mild spoilers below regarding the game.

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