It’s still coming. I’m feeling down, but I’m not sick enough to stay home from work. (Plus, I’d feel guilty about bailing on work on Friday and then going here on Saturday.) Being sick sucks, but actually being able to feel yourself getting sick is worse.

Murphy loves to take down the high and mighty. Okay, actually, nobody’s been “taken down”, but the people in the article are correct; Venter would have slammed anybody else who did this. I wonder if this incident will result in any calls for increased scrutiny when (and if) Celera releases the human sequence?

Hmm, while I’m thinking on that topic: I wonder how it happened? Contamination with vector sequences was a problem, back in the day when large scale (and even small scale) sequencing was first starting, but (IIRC) there are now automated filters that flag sequence that appears vector-like. That’s clearly not what happened here, either — I wonder who screwed up? Also, I wonder how much human sequence was submitted, and what genes it contained, and what impact that will have on their future patent-ability? I smell a due diligence nuisance suit…

I spent most of the day working on a little paper database, to keep track of the papers I’ve read. Nothing fancy (yet), just command line driven Perl talking to MySQL. This intro to DBI at perl.com was quite helpful a couple of times today, so I thought I’d stick it here, so I’ll remember it in the future.

I found that via Perl Monks, which was slashdotted a couple of days ago. It looks like it could grow into a useful resource, and it’s got one of the most interesting “moderation” systems I’ve come across. I’m not going to try to explain it; you’re going to have to look for yourself, but the D&D’ers in the audience will be pleased.

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