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  • 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: HLA-C: An Underappreciated Force in HIV Control

    Although medical science has made great progress in managing HIV infection through modern drugs, 1.7 million people die of AIDS each year, with a disproportionate number of deaths in developing countries. Even access to life saving drugs cannot cure the disease: patients require lifelong drug maintenance...
  • Blog Post: Cloud Computing Unlocks Drug Discovery

    Antibiotics, antivirals, NSAIDs—the list of modern “wonder drugs” goes on and on. And yet many diseases remain resistant to drug therapy, and in other instances, the side effects of drug treatment are as bad as or worse than the disorder. Why, the public wonders, aren’t more new...
  • Blog Post: Supercomputing on Demand with Windows Azure

    Think about supercomputers of the recent past. Just 15 years ago, supercomputers were rare and exotic machines. Government laboratories in the United States and Japan spent hundreds of millions of dollars on custom computing rigs and specialized facilities to house them, in a bid to tackle the world’s...
  • Blog Post: Identifying Genetic Factors in Disease with Big Data

    It’s long been known that many serious diseases—including heart disease, asthma, and many forms of cancer—run in families. Until fairly recently, however, medical researchers have had no easy way of identifying the particular genes that are associated with a given malady. Now genome...
  • Blog Post: Arming the Immune System Against HIV

    In the now decades-long battle against HIV and AIDS, researchers have been stymied by the virus’s ability to evade attacks by our immune system. Normally, a cell that is infected by a pathogen displays on its surface characteristic pieces of the pathogen peptides, known as epitopes, which are...
  • Blog Post: Coevolution of Viruses and the Immune System Study Featured in Journal of Virology

    Researchers believe that pathogens are evolving to evade detection from the human immune system. I recently co-published a paper that discussed research into the ongoing evolutionary struggle between the immune system and pathogens. In this study, we sought to identify possible commonalities in HLA ...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Researchers Present New Statistical Method for Genetic Analysis

    A deeper understanding of a disease's genetic underpinnings can lead to better biological insight into the disease and, thus, to improvements in screening, treatment, and drug development. This week, Jennifer Listgarten , David Heckerman , and Carl Kadie of Microsoft Research and Eric E. Schadt of Pacific...
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