Hope somebody can make a recording of this. Hugh Reinhoff has rapidly
earned a title akin to "the Iron Man of fatherhood" or something.
Don't know if anyone around here saw the last Iron Man movie, but it
had a fantastic opening sequence where Tony Stark builds a powered
exoskeleton in a cave in the middle of a desert. He just kind of
"snaps" and decides he's not interested in playing along any more ..
kind of like what Hugh's doing for his daughter?
> Hugh has been profiled in Nature, MAKE magazine, and most recently
> Wired (see Raj's email below) because he is single-handedly sifting
> through his daughter's genome for the genetic basis of his daughter's
> mystery disease, working out of the family attic.
Maybe he should get a batcave? But more seriously, I'm wondering what
sort of computational infrastructure we could help him acquire for
genome sequence analysis- sifting through a genome by hand sounds like
something a bioinformaticist can help with. So, Mac, could you extend
our offer for assistance to him on the show maybe? Don't know how
helpful the community can be overall, but it's better than nothing.
> I anticipate talking about the size, history, and activities of the
> community, ranging from experimental biology to naturalism (both
> micro- and macroscopic) to low-cost, open-source hardware development.
> I'll try to mention the gel box 2.0 project, the bioweathermaps
> project, melamine-sensing yogurt, and the development of several
> "garage" and community labs around the country. Kay will help and is
> also going to talk about her upcoming work to sequence the allele's
> for one of her genes.
Good luck. I look forward to hearing how it turns out. :-)
> If anyone has any suggested talking points or tomfoolery (want me to
> read the first 20 bp of your favorite gene on-air?), please let me
polymerase (DNA directed), delta 1, catalytic subunit 125kDa
.. and then it carries on like that for an unpleasantly long time.
His response basically indicated that he needs to know about Amazon's
Mechanical Turk, which is basically equivalent to distributing tasks
to many different individual people- the same model that spammers use
to solve captchas (by using random humans around the world to decode
the text in the image). An alternative would be for him to upload the
genomic information to the net and describe the tasks that need to be
done. It sounds like some programming can solve the problem of
"looking through the data".