the latest eagle Bioinformatics articles

Importing Ensembl into Amazon RDB

October 21st, 2010 by Richard Holland

Ensembl very kindly distributes their databases on Amazon as public datasets in a variety of forms. The most straightforward to use is the set of MySQL database files that can simply be copied into your MySQL server’s data directory and they will become instantly available. However, the most cloud-like way to use databases within Amazon…

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Public or Private Cloud, or maybe Hybrid?

October 18th, 2010 by Nick James

Last week I noticed that a new world record had been set… and I’m afraid I’m not talking about the common wealth games, but rather about another advance in private cloud computing. The record was set ( or rather reset, as they already held it ) by Autonomy Corporation Plc, and the press release is…

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European Conference on Computational Biology, Ghent ( ECCB10)

October 15th, 2010 by Nick James

Here is the poster I presented at the European Conference on Computational Biology in Ghent a few weeks ago. It describes our ensembl-based analysis system for predicting novel miRNA from next generation sequencing data.  We will make the VM freely available for download in the near future. ECCB10_poster

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Installing PlasMapper

October 13th, 2010 by Richard Holland

Yesterday I found a strange thing – a piece of open-source bioinformatics software that only needed minor tweaking before it would run. Top marks to the authors, although they might like to read the following to learn how they can make it absolutely perfect! The software in question is PlasMapper. It Just Works (TM) if…

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October 8th, 2010 by Richard Holland

Working in a bioinformatics service group is like working in Air Traffic Control. You are constantly juggling hundreds of unique individual problems, all simultaneously up in the air and at different stages of completion. Some of them are in a holding stack of things to deal with later, whilst others are on the final approach…

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Bio-IT World Europe 2010 slides

October 4th, 2010 by Richard Holland

Here are the slides I just presented at the Cloud Computing Workshop at Bio-IT World Europe 2010 in Hannover, Germany. Other speakers included Dave Powers from CycleComputing, and Glenn Proctor from the EBI, both of whom presented very interesting summaries of how they had been using cloud technology to improve the services that their organisations…

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