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 The O'Reilly Bioinformatics Technology Conference: February 3-6, 2003

  

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 O'Reilly Bioinformatics Technology Conference Coverage.

 

 Coverage and Weblogs

Is the Bioinformaticist an Endangered Species?   Bioinformatics - as a standalone discipline, at least - will be extinct by 2012, according to Lincoln Stein. Stein, a researcher at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory and a driving force in the bioinformatics community, predicted the field's demise in a keynote talk at the O'Reilly Bioinformatics Conference.  [GenomeWeb]

Sun wins $5 million deal  Sun Microsystems announced a deal at the O'Reilly Bioinformatics Conference to supply over $5 million in hardware and software to the Blueprint Initiative at Mount Sinai Hospital's Samuel Lunenfeld Research Institute, Toronto.   [Bio-IT World]

An Understandable Definition of Bioinformatics  As someone who is neither a programmer nor a biologist, but who appreciates both disciplines, Lincoln Stein's keynote Wednesday morning at the O'Reilly Bioinformatics Conference was the talk I had been waiting for.   [O'Reilly Network Weblogs]

Conference Presentations Are Online  Presentation files for many of the sessions and keynotes are now available for a free download. Don't miss Nat Goodman's "BioPerl: Reality vs. Myth" and Jim Kent's "The Genes, the Whole Genes, and Nothing But the Genes."  [conferences.oreilly.com/biocon]

The Bioinformatics Buzz  The hallways and confererence rooms are buzzing with activity here in San Diego at the O'Reilly Bioinformatics Technology Conference.   [O'Reilly Network Weblogs]

Conference Events for iCal Users  Want to view BioCon conference sessions and events in iCal on Mac OS X? Here's how[O'Reilly Conferences]

Grid Computing, SNP tools and In Silico Biology  The "Informatics Update" section of Drug Discovery and Development Magazine for January 2003 has a set of news briefs, dicussing the future of grid computing, SNP tools and in silico biology techniques.   [O'Reilly Network Weblogs]

New BioPerl 1.2 ToolKit Release  After 6 months of hard work by many BioPerl team members, head BioPerl'er Ewan Birney has coordinated the latest stable 1.2 release. This is an important upgrade because it reimplements access to various NCBI Entrez database resources using their new EUtils system.  [O'Reilly Network Weblogs]

BioPerl list summary: Dec 9-15 2002  A summary of activity and topics on the bioperl-l mailing list for the period December 9-15, 2002.  [O'Reilly Network Weblogs]

Gosling on Bioinformatics  James Gosling is a VP and Fellow at Sun Microsystems, and a keynote speaker at this week's O'Reilly Bioinformatics Technology Conference. We talk with James about how Java is being used in bioinformatics, the BioJava project, and the challenges facing bioinformaticists.   [O'Reilly Network]

A Bioinformatics Web Service with Mac OS X  Brian Gilman demonstrates how to use Objective-C and Mac OS X's Core Web Services to construct an OmniGene Analysis Engine client.   [MacDevCenter.com]

XML and Bioinformatics  While googling to find out what happened to bioxml.org, I found Paul Gordon's long list of bioinformatics XML projects. Very interesting reading.  [O'Reilly Network Weblogs]

Lincoln Stein on Bioinformatics  Lincoln Stein is an associate professor at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory and a keynote speaker at O'Reilly's upcoming Bioinformatics Technology Conference. We talk with Lincoln about the bioinformatics technologies and tools he's most excited about.   [O'Reilly Network]

An Interview with Stephen Wolfram  Stephen Wolfram is the creator of the popular Mathematica program, the author of A New Kind of Science, and a keynote speaker at O'Reilly's upcoming Bioinformatics Technology Conference. Tim O'Reilly conducts a brief interview with Wolfram about his research, his new book, and its connection to bioinformatics.  [O'Reilly Network]

BioPerl List Summary, Dec 2-8 2002  A summary of discussions on the bioperl mailing list during the period December 2 through December 8 2002, broken into Announcements, Code Changes, Bugs, Unanswered Questions, and Answered Questions.  [O'Reilly Network Weblogs]

Gene patents  As Canada's biotech industry comes to grips with the ruling that transgenic creations can't be patented, it's worth reading this summary of recent articles on gene patents: No other sector of the economy depends as much on strong patent protection or on the flow of information from academic science as pharmaceuticals and biotechnology.  [O'Reilly Network Weblogs]

 Features

Thursday Morning Photos from the Bioinformatics Technology Conference
Thursday Morning Photos from the Bioinformatics Technology Conference
Thursday morning keynotes featured Alvis Brazma and James Gosling. Then attendees had an opportunity to squeeze in a few more sessions, and possibly browse for a book or two to read on the plane for the journey home.

Stein Gives Bioinformatics Ten Years to Live  Lincoln Stein reflects on the role of bioinformatics in his keynote address at the O'Reilly Bioinformatics Technology Conference.   [O'Reilly Network]

Wednesday Morning Photos from the Bioinformatics Technology Conference
Wednesday Morning Photos from the Bioinformatics Technology Conference
Tuesday afternoon featured a talk by Stephen Wolfram, author of "A New Kind of Science," then everyone gathered together to meet the authors and enjoyed refreshments. Wednesday morning kept the momentum rolling with excellent keynotes by Lincoln Stein and Steven Brenner.

Wolfram Offers Bioinformaticians a New Kind of Science  Stephen Wolfram described the principles behind his book, "A New Kind of Science" in his Tuesday afternoon keynote address at the O'Reilly Bioinformatics Technology Conference.   [O'Reilly Network]

Tuesday Photos from the Bioinformatics Technology Conference Exhibit Hall
Tuesday Photos from the Bioinformatics Technology Conference Exhibit Hall
The Exhibit Hall opened on Tuesday featuring booths by Platinum sponsors Apple Developer Connection and Sun Microsystems, Gold sponsor RLX Technologies, and Silver sponsor IncyteGenomics. The Expo is open all day Wednesday also, so come by for a visit if you're in the area.

Jim Kent Keynotes O'Reilly's Bioinformatics Conference  After being awarded the Bioinformatics.Org Ben Franklin award, Jim Kent delivered a keynote on the state of genetic research to a packed house at the O'Reilly Bioinformatics Technology Conference.   [O'Reilly Network]

Tuesday Morning Photos from the Bioinformatics Technology Conference
Tuesday Morning Photos from the Bioinformatics Technology Conference
Tuesday marked the beginning of the sessions and keynote addresses. Francis Ouellette and James Kent set the tone for the day as attendees gathered in the California Ballroom to listen to their morning talks, then everyone poured into various sessions on specialized subjects located throughout the hotel.

Monday Photos from the Bioinformatics Technology Conference
Monday Photos from the Bioinformatics Technology Conference
Despite the alluring San Diego weather outside, Bioinformatics attendees are studying hard in day-long tutorials, and taking time to meet with one another in the library and on breaks. However, the evenings are just as nice here in Southern California, and one can't study all the time, right?

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