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Friday, July 25, 2014

NPR Highlights Work of Robert Edwards, ISCB Member, Globe-Trotting Virus Hides Inside People's Gut Bacteria

Scientists at San Diego State University have discovered what may be the most common and abundant virus in the human gut. And yet, the tiny critter, called crAssphage (oh yes, there's a story behind that name), has eluded researchers' radar for decades.

The new virus doesn't make us sick, but it may be involved in controlling weight through its effect on Bacteroides. "We suspect this virus is very important in regulating the number of these bacteria [the Bacteroides] in the intestine," says computational biologist Robert Edwards, ISCB Member, who led the study.

URL: http://www.npr.org/blogs/goatsandsoda/2014/07/24/334089538/globe-trotting-virus-hides-in-people-s-gut-bacteria?utm_source=npr_email_a_friend&utm_medium=email&utm_content=20140724&utm_campaign=storyshare&utm_term=

Contact Person: ISCB Executive Office (executive.office@iscb.org)

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Frontiers in Phylogenetics Symposium

The Washington DC Area Phylogenetics Consortium is pleased to announce the fourth annual Frontiers in Phylogenetics Symposium!

TITLE: "Genome-Scale Phylogenetics: Analysing the Data"

LOCATION: Warner Brothers Theatre, National Museum of
American History, Washington, DC

TIME & DATE: 9 AM to 5 PM, Monday September 15, 2014

REGISTRATION IS FREE BUT REQUIRED. Visit link below to register https://docs.google.com/forms/d/10p7xgDeAFOaVUHhxmQ6-fwf7E9N5lDJYfYf_PokQwmk/viewform?usp=send_form

John Kress - Acting Undersecretary for Science, Smithsonian Institution

Bastien Boussau, Laboratory of Biometry and Evolutionary Biology, University Claude Bernard, Lyon, France

Ingo Ebersberger, Department for Applied Bioinformatics, Goethe University, Frankfurt, Germany

Lacey Knowles, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and Museum of Zoology, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, USA

Kevin Kocot, School of Biological Sciences, University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia

Luay Nakhleh, Department of Computer Science, Rice University, Houston, Texas, USA

David Swofford, Department of Biology, Duke University, and National Evolutionary Synthesis Center, Durham, NC, USA

Derrick Zwickl, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona, USA

The Frontiers in Phylogenetics Symposium is sponsored by the National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution and the Washington Area Phylogenetics Consortium. http://entomology.umd.edu/mitterlab/thewashingtonareaphylogeneticsconsortium

An updated announcement with talk titles and symposium schedule will follow soon.

Contact Person: Brian Coyle (coyleb@si.edu)

Bioinformatics Round Table Vienna meets ÖGMBT

Monday, September 15, 2014 at 09:50 a.m.
Vienna, Austria

The ÖGMBT, Austrian Society of Molecular Life Sciences and Biotechnology integrates molecular biology, biotechnology, and related disciplines starting from fundamental research towards applied science. Members of the ÖGMBT come from academic as well as industry organisations.

Connecting researcher and students, bridging gaps and enabling participants to share experiences and best practice is also today our goal, in the 'Special Edition' Bioinformatics Round Table Discussion meets ÖGMBT.

Keynote speaker: Amos Bairoch, University of Geneva, "New and Recurring Challenges in Biocuration"

Bioinformatics experts: Amos Bairoch, Bernhard Knapp, Christian Siehs, Christoph Bock, Andreas Kremer, Paul Perco, Andreas Heinzel, Klemens Vierlinger, and more ...

During our special session you will be able to meet and talk to biologists and bioinformatics experts which will provide an mutual exchange of views, understanding and scientific challenges. Among others we will be covering topics like sequencing and analysis, structural bioinformatics, computational systems biology, networks and functional analysis, biological knowledge discovery and data management.

Program of the 6th ÖGMBT Annual Meeting: http://xn--gmbt-4qa.at/jahrestagung/programm
Registration: http://xn--gmbt-4qa.at/jahrestagung/online-registration

URL: http://www.biosoftware.at/
Contact Person: T. H. Thuan Christine Huynh Buu  (thuan.huynhbuu@gmail.com)

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Reconstructing an Animal's Development Cell by Cell

Advances in imaging technology are transforming how scientists see the cellular universe, showing the form and movement of once grainy and blurred structures in stunning detail. But extracting the torrent of information contained in those images often surpasses the limits of existing computational and data analysis techniques, leaving scientists less than satisfied.

Now, researchers at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute's Janelia Research Campus have developed a way around that problem. They have created a new computational method to rapidly track the three-dimensional movements of cells in such data-rich images. Using the technique, the Janelia scientists can essentially automate much of the time-consuming process of reconstructing an animal's developmental building plan cell by cell.
URL: http://www.hhmi.org/news/reconstructing-animal-development-cell-cell?utm_source=HHMI+News&utm_campaign=51771a3ed4-Keller_Computational_Reconstruction&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_8f2808e1d6-51771a3ed4-69554249

Contact Person: HHMI News (webmaster@hhmi.org)

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Workshop on Informatics Based Approaches for Circular Dichroism Data (Strasbourg 6th Sept)

Please note a forthcoming Workshop which is a satellite of the ECCB14 meeting being held in Strasbourg in September. It is on Informatics Based Approaches for Circular Dichroism Data to be held on 6th September.

The aims are to promote interest within the computational biology community in working to create methods of obtaining an increased amount of protein structural information from Circular Dichroism (CD) spectroscopy data. We believe that with CD data becoming more available as a result of the creation of the Protein Circular Dichroism Data Bank (PCDDB) that the time is now excellent for computational biologists to use their skills to enrich the amount of information that can be gained from this spectroscopic technique. The Workshop is designed to introduce the current state of the art in this area from the top specialists in this field.

For further details please visit the web page noted above.

URL: http://webspace.qmul.ac.uk/rwjanes/workshop.htm

Contact Person: Dr. ROBERT W, JANES (w06pcddb@gmail.com)

CFP Remainder: Advances in Computational Methods for Genetic Diseases

Genetic diseases are widely studied for the relevant impact on the human health. In the last years, a large amount of experimental data has been available. The identification of new strategies for elaborating such experimental data is becoming more and more necessary since the large amount of information can sometimes represent a real obstacle for the effective identification of relevant findings. The aim of the special issue is to review the recent advances about the research on computational methods concerning with genetic diseases. Potential topics include, but are not limited to:

Computational and mathematical methods for the following:
Evaluating the pathogenicity of novel genetic variants
The evaluation of protein folding and/or protein-protein interactions in presence of genetic variants
Analysis of experimental data from next generation sequencing
Searching for variant/mutation databases for massive data analysis
Analysis of "omics" data
Analysis of complex diseases, namely, multifactorial and polygenic, for example, diabetes, hypertension and dyslipidemia
Variant analysis from Genome Wide Association studies
Analysis of common genetic variants (i.e., SNPs, HLA genotypes, microsatellites)
Analysis of quantitative trait loci
The integration of genetic and nongenetic factors for prediction of disease predisposition
The identification of potential gene regulatory elements (i.e., binding of transcription factors, and miRNAs)
Analysis of gene expression data
Analysis of biological models of genetic diseases

Before submission authors should carefully read over the journal's Author Guidelines, which are located at http://www.hindawi.com/journals/cmmm/guidelines/. Prospective authors should submit an electronic copy of their complete manuscript through the journal Manuscript Tracking System at http://mts.hindawi.com/submit/journals/cmmm/genet/ according to the following timetable:

Manuscript Due Friday, 19 September 2014
First Round of Reviews Friday, 12 December 2014
Publication Date Friday, 6 February 2015

URL: http://www.hindawi.com/journals/cmmm/si/828505/cfp/

Contact Person: Antonino Staiano (antonino.staiano@uniparthenope.it)