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  • Blog Post: A new tool to correct DNA sequencing errors using consensus and context

    The following blog is from guest contributor Paul Greenfield of CSIRO, Australia’s national science agency. He and his colleagues have developed a new correction tool to address the problem of DNA sequencing errors in biological and ecological research, and they have just released it to the research...
  • 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: 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: Remedying the search for reliable drug info

    Healthcare providers increasingly appreciate the value of patients having access to accurate and understandable information about their health and treatments. This is why Microsoft Research’s Dan Morris and a team of researchers at Columbia University, led by Professor Lauren Wilcox, have been...
  • 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: Microsoft Biology Foundation Evolves into New Toolkit: .NET Bio

    The Microsoft Biology Foundation (MBF) has undergone a significant transformation since it was first released. Over time, it’s become clear that a new name was also in order. So today, I am pleased to announce that MBF will now be known as .NET Bio . In addition to the new name, .NET Bio will also...
  • Blog Post: Adjusting Childhood Pneumonia Vaccination Periods May Save Lives in Nepal

    Nearly a million children die from pneumonia each year, making it a leading cause of death and the single most important health issue facing children under the age of five. The standard vaccination schedule calls for three doses of pneumonia vaccine given at six weeks, 10 weeks, and 14 weeks of age....
  • 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 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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