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Ontologies for Bioinformatics

By Kenneth Baclawski and Tianhua Niu

This textbook aims to provide an introductory yet thorough analysis of ontologies and languages for bioinformaticists, computer scientists, and other life science researchers faced with the task of sorting mountains of complex data. Divided into three parts, the book introduces readers to extant types of ontology, explains how ontologies are used and constructed, and contrasts Boolean with inductive modes of reasoning. The authors have included chapter summaries, exercises, answers, and a complete index to aid readers.

— JC


Publisher: The MIT Press

ISBN: 0262025914


Computational Systems Biology

Edited by Andres Kriete and Roland Eils

Eils and Kriete bring together an impressive roster of contributors in this technical guide to computational technologies and methods relating to systems biology. The authors present updates on modeling and simulating techniques, current research efforts on biochemical networks, and multi-scale modeling and analysis of biological systems.

 — JC


Publisher: Academic Press, Elsevier

ISBN: 012088786X


Structural and Evolutionary Genomics: Natural Selection in Genome Evolution

By Giorgio Bernardi

Author Bernardi points out in the preface that this book, which aims to review recent findings and present new data about structural and evolutionary genomics, focuses heavily on functional genomics as well. This book is for readers looking for an overview rather than a highly detailed examination of results: Bernardi covers 40 years worth of scientific discovery in about 400 pages.

— MS


Publisher: Elsevier

ISBN: 0444521364


Genetic Variance Detection: Technologies for Pharmacogenomics

Edited by Karl Hecker

Scientists including Mostafa Ronaghi and David Barker contributed chapters to this book, which discusses genetic variation detection tools such as sequencing, microarrays, mass spec, and others. The text, while quite technical, may be more appropriate for students, postdocs, or lab techs working hands-on with the technology than for scientists who are already familiar with the field.

— MS


Publisher: DNA Press

ISBN: 0974876550

The Scan

Interfering With Invasive Mussels

The Chicago Tribune reports that researchers are studying whether RNA interference- or CRISPR-based approaches can combat invasive freshwater mussels.

Participation Analysis

A new study finds that women tend to participate less at scientific meetings but that some changes can lead to increased involvement, the Guardian reports.

Right Whales' Decline

A research study plans to use genetic analysis to gain insight into population decline among North American right whales, according to CBC.

Science Papers Tie Rare Mutations to Short Stature, Immunodeficiency; Present Single-Cell Transcriptomics Map

In Science this week: pair of mutations in one gene uncovered in brothers with short stature and immunodeficiency, and more.