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  • Blog Post: Cancer research benefits from NodeXL network graph analysis

    A diagnosis of cancer can be particularly foreboding for any patient. However, new treatments become possible as we learn more about the disease, and the application of research techniques more commonly found in the social sciences are now providing new insights. Although medical investigators have been...
  • Blog Post: eScience and Cloud Computing in Beijing

    I'm in Beijing for the tenth annual Microsoft eScience Workshop , which runs from October 22 to 25. As in the past, the workshop takes place at the same time and in the same location as the IEEE International Conference on eScience . No coincidence, of course—why not take advantage of all that...
  • Blog Post: Computing tools for the life sciences

    I recently sponsored an event in Manizales, Colombia, training biologists on .NET Bio and BioHPC , two projects that make computational research easier in the life sciences. As part of the training, Jarek Pillardy —the head of the Cornell Bioinformatics Facility (CBSU) at Cornell University—and...
  • Blog Post: Open-source lab launches in Australia

    On June 11, 2013, Queensland University of Technology (QUT) launched the Open Source Software Group and Virtual Lab at the university’s new Science and Engineering Center in the heart of Brisbane. This exciting venture will enable students to create software solutions for real-world problems—through...
  • Blog Post: Improving Diagnostics for Brain Tumors

    As computer scientists, we have the privilege of working on challenging problems, the solutions to which can markedly improve lives—and in some cases, even save them. It is just such a challenge that Senior Researcher Antonio Criminisi and his team at Microsoft Research Cambridge have undertaken...
  • Blog Post: Sound the Bagpipes: Joint Initiative in Informatics Announced

    On October 5, 2011, on the stately campus of the University of Edinburgh, Sir Tim O’Shea , principal of the University of Edinburgh, and Rick Rashid , chief research officer of Microsoft Research, officially inaugurated a significant joint initiative in informatics. It was standing room only in...
  • Blog Post: Cloud Infrastructure Soars in Europe

    It was barely a year ago that European scientific and industry leaders came together with the goal of developing, testing, and deploying a high-quality, interoperable cloud platform for industry and research. The result was VENUS-C , which stands for V irtual multidisciplinary E nviro N ments US ing...
  • Blog Post: Bioinformatics Front and Center at MBF Workshop

    On April 19 and 20, the Microsoft Biology Initiative welcomed a small, focused group to the Microsoft Biology Foundation Workshop 2011 , held at the Renaissance Computing Institute (RENCI) in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. The workshop was a clinic in the use of the Microsoft Biology Foundation (MBF) ...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Biology Foundation 2.0 Beta 1 Release and Coding Contest

    I am pleased to announce the release of Microsoft Biology Foundation (MBF) 2.0 beta 1, an open-source Microsoft .NET library and application programming interface for bioinformatics research. This beta provides the first significant update since MBF 1.0. Notable improvements include: Increased...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Research and TWAS-AAS Recognize Outstanding Young African Scientists

    (from left to right) Fayçal Djeffal, Konrad Scheffler, Moustafa Youssef received the 2010 TWAS-AAS-Microsoft Award in a ceremony held in Nairobi, Kenya. On February 26, 2011, three African scientists received the 2010 TWAS-AAS-Microsoft Award in a ceremony held in Nairobi, Kenya. The award...
  • Blog Post: Join the Microsoft Biology Foundation v2.0 Development Preview

    You may be familiar with the Microsoft Biology Foundation (MBF), an open source bioinformatics .NET library that is designed to provide core functionality for genomics research from commonly-used file parsers to algorithms and web connectors. We're pleased to announce that we are continuing to invest...
  • Blog Post: Colombian Center for Bioinformatics and Computational Biology Established

    As we approached the holiday season in Colombia, we had already received one of the biggest gifts on our wish-list: on November 12, the government of Colombia officially committed to the establishment of the Center for Bioinformatics and Computational Biology in the city of Manizales, an important academic...
  • Blog Post: Winner of the Jim Gray eScience Award Announced

    One of the high points of the annual eScience Workshop is the presentation of the Jim Gray Award to a researcher who has made an outstanding contribution to the field of data-intensive computing. I'd like to say a bit more about Jim and why we've named an award after him, but first, here's the identity...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Biology Foundation Available for Free Download

    On July 10, in Boston, the External Research division of Microsoft Research will introduce the Microsoft Biology Initiative , resources designed to help biological scientists and programmers conduct research more efficiently and affordably. These include the first post-beta release of the Microsoft Biology...
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