Wrapping up 2016 in the Su Lab

There are a LOT of projects going on in the Su Lab–so many, that it’s hard to keep track of them all. By now, I’ve posted year-end summaries for some of the major projects in the lab including: MyGene.info: MyGene.info 2016 Year-end review MyVariant.info: 2016–More incredible for MyVariant.info than MyGene.info Gene Wiki / WikiData: 2016–A busy year for Gene Wiki...
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Don’t be daunted–Anyone can parse through research literature

In case you missed why Open Access is awesome, the lack of open access is only one of many barriers that discourage the dissemination of scientific information to the public. Fortunately, more researchers are publishing in Open Access journals or with Open Access options thanks to requirements by various funding agencies. Although open access issues still remain a significant barrier to the...
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Finding buried treasure in shifting sand

The problem of keeping up with scientific literature is not new. In 1986, information scientist, Don R. Swanson, published an article about mining the wealth of knowledge buried in academic literature. In his article, “Undiscovered public knowledge”, Swanson investigated information that was not readily available simply because individual biomedical research papers were (and in many...
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Join our motley crew of researchers!

Several months ago I put out a call for postdocs applicants. Combined with other recruiting efforts, the lab has grown with several new positions — two postdocs (starting in the fall, and more upcoming interviews), our Scientific Outreach Program Manager, and an intern. And despite this growth, we need more. My group has been pretty fortunate in the funding lottery, both in terms our...
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I am ready for work, but is work ready for me?

Yes! Yes, of course! There is always plenty to do and so much to learn in an awesome lab. This is not what I mean by data mining The lab that I joined does a lot of data mining and has a lot of ongoing projects many of which could use participation from the general public and the biomedical research community at large. If you study genes, you can contribute just by using the awesome BioGPS.org...
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