NextGenSeek Stories This Week (31/08)

Here is this week’s link roundup presenting interesting stories to read during this labor day weekend.

Sequencing a Denisovan Girl

The biggest story for this week is for sure the reconstruction of the full genome of Denisovans using deep sequencing data at high coverage.  An international team led by Svante Paabo sequenced the genome of an Siberian girl, a relative of  Neandertals, using a new sequencing method.  The sequencing coverage of the ancient Denisovan girl is high as of living human’s DNA.  Here are some interesting press coverages of the work.

  1. Scientific American: New DNA analysis shows ancient humans interbred with Denisovans
  2. John Hawk: Denisova at high coverage
  3. Science Friday: Pinky DNA Points To Clues About Ancient Humans
  4. David Reich’s Interview at NPR on Denisovan Genome: Meet Your Ancient Relatives: The Denisovans

Deterministic Statistical Machine

SimplyStatistics blog came up with the idea of a deterministic statistical machine after seeing the work of a startup that tries to make stat analysis easier for “everyone”.  Read all about the deterministic-statistical-machine here

Venn Diagrams Go Extreme

The famous Venn diagrams have gone rogue these days. As if we are not pleased with the banana-grams, high school kids are creating a new type of Venn diagrams called “Extreme Venn Diagrams”.  Check out the extreme Venn Diagram at New Scientist’ site

If you are interested in the math behind the extreme Venn Diagram, check out the preprint at arXive,

Interview with C. Titus Brown

SimplyStatistics had this wonderful interview with C. Titus Brown, MSU Professor, last week. It is a great read.

Haldane’s Sieve: A Future Home of BioXive/bioSieve?

The popgen cool kids (Graham Coop, Joe Pickrell, and Bryan Howie) are at open access again. This time they have created a new website called “Haldane’s Sieve” offering a simple feed of preprints in evolutionary and population genetics for now.  Haldane’s Sieve hopes to be the place to go for all preprints in bio. Let’s welcome the future BioXive/bioSieve.

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  1. […] our understanding genome evolution. In addition to the sequences, these genomes also gave us interesting Venn diagrams and pig walking […]

  2. […] to note that Denisova, another extinct relative of human, was also found at the same location and sequenced to 30X coverage in […]

  3. […] set of weekly links isn’t enough to fill your procrastination quota, go check out NextGenSeek’s weekly stories. A bit genomics focused, but lots of cool data/statistics links in there too. Love the “extreme […]

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