Will CRISPR/Cas9 be the Catalyst that Revolutionizes Human Health?
At the MDI Biological Laboratory (MDIBL), the importance of answering that question has put scientists on the front lines of research.Continue Reading
Bioinformatics: The Importance of Training the Trainer
In recent years bioinformatics – using computational power to help process the massive swathes of data produced by modern experiments – has become an indispensable tool for research scientists.Continue Reading
Part III: Meet the Computational Biology Core
(Read part one or part two of the series.) For this entry into our ongoing discussion of the MDI Biological Laboratory Computational Biology Core, I want to take a step back and, rather than talk about the specifics of the science, instead talk about who we are, what we do, and why it is so...Continue Reading
Bioinformatics Part II: What do my genome-scale measurements of gene expression mean?
Graphical representation of differential gene expression for a single gene. The red triangles represent measurements of replicate treated samples, and the black diamonds represent matched control samples. Differential expression of this gene is determined by a statistical analysis of the separation between expression levels in treated and control, compared to the variation within each group...Continue Reading
Part I: Computational Biology is vital to modern research
But what exactly is it and why does science need it? The typical interpretation of this figure is that the arrows represent the “flow of information”: that DNA is capable of self-replication (represented by the circular arrow); that the information stored in DNA is activated by first being transcribed to RNA (resulting in an RNA...Continue Reading