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A couple of years ago, Oxford Nanopore made a big scientific splash when they announced they had developed a new DNA sequencing technology that would revolutionize genomics. Their MinION devices were the size of a USB stick, but were supposedly capable of sequencing long reads from single DNA molecules. After two years of wondering whether these devices were mythical, I can now tell you they actually exist. Together with Mike Gillings, we received five Minions in the mail today as part of a […]
Currently #285,426 on Amazon's best seller list (how the hell did it get that high?) is our new book on Molecular Methods in Environmental Microbiology. Andy and I would like to thank all our contributors for their hard work and their patience, as this book took a long time to see the light of day. I now remember why it was over a decade since I last edited a book.
Well, its the start of baseball season in the US, and my beloved San Diego Padres just beat the hated Los Angeles Dodgers in their first game of the season. Yay!While trying to get a news article about this game from the San Diego Union Tribune, I coincidentally came cross the latest genomic news. Craig Venter (who is famous for many things- sequencing the first bacterial genome, creating the first synthetic bacterium, sequencing his genome as the human genome, sequencing his poodle's genome, […]
When I returned to Australian science after twelve years in the USA, one of the first things I encountered was the use of metrics to try to assess a researcher's output. I was used to writing grants in the US system where I would simply list my number of publications. Over drinks with Mark Schembri and Steve Djordjevic at a pub in Adelaide in 2007, I was introduced to the concept of a H-index, which I had never heard of before. After indoctrination into the mysteries of the H-index, I learn't […]
While we're on the topic of videos. I've been meaning to post this video for sometime, but for some reason, I can't embed this particular video, but here is a link to it instead. A research team led by myself and Sasha Tetu were one of three finalists for a Macquarie University Award for Research Excellence in Science and Technology. As a nominee for these awards, a short 90 second video was made of our research and shown at the awards night. It includes lots of cool footage of cave divers in […]
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