Contest Deadline Extended

The DBP contest for the Network of BioThings has been extended to June 30, 2014. The $500 prize has yet to be claimed. What is the goal of the Network of BioThings? The Network of BioThings aims to structure the biological knowledge found in biomedical research articles by comprehensively annotating BioThings (genes, proteins, mutations, diseases, drugs, etc.) in a timely fashion (one week after...
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NoB Hackathon idea: building network of variant annotations

The 1st Network of BioThings Hackathon is just around the corner. To respond to Andrew’s call for ideas, here I throw an idea out for everyone. With the recent boom of next-gen sequencing technology, data of genomic variants are increasingly accessible to researchers. However the annotation of these variants data still remains a big challenge, particularly to understand their functional...
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Contest for NoB uses cases ($500 prize!)

Several people in the Network of BioThings (NoB) community recently attended our first in-person meetup (the meeting summary for those who couldn’t attend is forthcoming). And one thing that became particularly clear is the importance of having good “Driving Biological Projects” (DBP). The NoB is meant to address a grand challenge in biology. But we need to ensure that we...
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The Network of BioThings is happening!

Late last year, we proposed here a kitchen-sink approach to generating a Network of BioThings, and I’m very pleased to say that things are moving along very nicely. We started out the discussion in a private Google Group among our own lab’s friends and collaborators, just to have a smidge of control over the direction of the discussion. Given the enthusiasm and relevant expertise, we...
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The Network of BioThings

I offer an idea, and a proposal… What: We want to structure biological knowledge by annotating BioThings (genes, proteins, mutations, diseases, and drugs) in biomedical research articles. We want to comprehensively annotate the mentions of these BioThings in research articles, and also want to describe the nature of the relationships between these entities. Finally, we want to do it in...
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