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Need help to get your genomes globally available?

Science is all about turning data into information, information into knowledge, and knowledge into understanding.

So, it would seem like sharing data is a very good thing for science and the benefits it delivers. But…

"If people can't reuse your data, what's the point in sharing it?" says Dr Lien Le.

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18 sleeps to go before an explosion of systems biology connection

"Connection" is at the heart of systems biology: connection between genes, protiens, metabolites, cells, tissues, organisms, populations, communities and ecosystems.

"Connection" is also at the heart of the study of systems biology: in this case, connection between researchers, applications, ideas and concepts.

And Australia is about to experience a burst of systems biology connection like never before.

ICSB 2014 is bringing together both an amazing range of speakers from all over the world (including pioneers and innovators like Dr Leroy Hood and Professor Hiroaki Kitano), and an amazing range of delegates.

Three of the event's hosts (EMBL Australia, CSIRO and Bioplatforms Australia) are the funders of the Australian Bioinformatics Network whose purpose is "connection".

So I hope you will join me in taking advantage of this unique opportunity to connect with systems biology.

See you at ICSB 2014 in 18 days!

...oh, and if you haven't registered yet, here's how.
(Note also 1-day registrations are available.)


InCoB 2014: We Salute You!

This is to acknowledge and applaud everyone who made the 2014 International Conference on Bioinformatics such a great event last week, including

A special thank you goes to Shoba Ranganathan for injecting tremendous vision, energy and leadership into the event, and for helping bring it to Sydney this year.

Australian bioinformaticians: this one's for us!At the conference close on Saturday, I was delighted to accept a special recognition award from Shoba on behalf of Australian Bioinformatics Network.

It's always nice to get an award, but to me, this is indeed special because it symbolises APBioNet's support for and appreciation of the ABN's approach, particularly that

"We recognise that there are many Australian Bioinformatics Communities organised around local, regional, national, international and special topics of interest. We want to support and encourage these communities, their leaders and their members."

Consistent with this, the ABN was able to support participation at InCoB by members of COMBINE and The Research Bazaar, two more "communities" whose efforts are helping to build and strengthen bioinformatics in Australia.

Another delight from InCoB 2014 stemmed from The Asia Pacific Bioinformatics Network's and the Australian Bioinformatics Network's participation in GOBLET, the Global Organisation for Bioinformatics Learning, Education and Training.

Through that, and thanks to the initiative of Bruno Gaeta and support from Bioplatforms Australia, InCoB delegates got a chance to hear from and interact with Michelle Brazas ( and Vicky Schneider (The Genome Analysis Centre). Michelle and Vicky generated great energy and interest around learning, education and training in bioinformatics.

More will follow on this topic, but for now, I'll leave you with some first impressions from Vicky.

First impressions of bioinformatics education and training in Australia.

InCoB 2014: We salute you! ...and look forward to next year's meeting in Japan.


Goodness from the 2014 Winter School in Mathematical and Computational Biology 

So many presentations... so much goodness... organised here for your delectation

Next Generation Sequencing


Genome Assembly

Variant detection


Translating bioinformatics into practice


Systems biology


Research culture




Fungi to die for

It’s easy to lose sight of the things that matter, especially if they are too small to see.

So heads-up humans! We—and most of the rest of the planet—would be dead without our fungal friends... (even though some can kill us).

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