Archive | April 2015

Books and authors that inspire scientific vocations!

thewaythingsworkAt the PRBB we started a campaign about a month ago called #passion4science. We are asking researchers around the globe to try and pinpoint an event, person, book, whatever, that caught their attention as a child and got them excited about science, about trying to understand, to learn, to experiment…

We will be posting the results in storify and will do another post about it here soon, as well as sharing them through social media, so keep an eye out for #passion4science!

But since today is International Book Day – and in Catalonia, where we are located, it’s a very spetial day, SantJordi, the patron of our region – we want to share a subset of those comments with you.

Books that ignite #passion4science!

These refer to books that respondents remember as being crucial in initiating their fascination with science. Enjoy them!

In-silico selection of targeted anti-cancer therapies

The Biomedical Genomics group led by Núria López-Bigas at the Pompeu Fabra Unviersity have recently published a paper in Cancer Cell describing the landscape of anti-cancer targeted therapeutic opportunities across a cohort of patients of twenty eight of the most prevalent cancers. They first looked for all the driver mutations (mutations that ’cause’ the cancer) for each individual cancer, then collected information on all the existing therapeutic agents that target those mutations, and finally, combining both datasets, came up with anti-cancer targeted drugs that could potentially benefit each patient. You can read more about this paper on their blog post.

Coinciding with the publication of that paper, the lab has crafted a new IntOGen interface which presents the results of this analysis. You can see it and learn more about it here.

About Linux, Freedom and Science

Today we recover this post “Why Linux is awesome” by CRG researcher Guillaume Fillion in his blog “The grand locus“. He explains his personal experience with this operating system, what he has learned by using Linux and why, in his own words “it has made me a better scientist”.

Curious? Read the full post! We’ll tell you the take-home message: “Following my experience of using Linux, I believe that freedom and openness lead to knowledge and competence“.

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