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Saturday, September 22, 2012


An interesting post from Ewan Birney on the ENCODE project.

5 September  2012 - Today sees the embargo lift on the second phase of the ENCODE project and the simultaneous publication of 30 coordinated, open-access papers in Nature, Genome Research andGenome Biology as well as publications in Science, Cell, JBC and others. The Nature publication has a number of firsts: cross-publication topic threads, a dedicated iPad/eBook App and web site and a virtual machine.

This ENCODE event represents five years of dedicated work from over 400 scientists, one of whom is myself, Ewan Birney. I was the lead analysis coordinator for ENCODE for the past five years (and before that had effectively the same role in the pilot project) and for the past 11 months have spent a lot of time working up to this moment. There were countless details to see to for the scientific publications and, later, to explain it all in editorials, commentary, general press features and other exotic things.