Writing a blog on a typewriterWelcome to (yet another) new FLG website feature! There are some amazing genomics bloggers out there, producing some truly fascinating and innovative content. So we decided to bring you a regular roundup of the best of the blogs, from bioinformatics shenanigans in R, to RNA-sensing USB sticks. Yes really. 


RNA-Sensing USB Stick: Promise Despite the Hype

Kieth Robison, of Omics! Omics! takes a look at a new device that has the newsfeeds all of a twitter. 

Reading data from google sheets into R

Mick “I don’t meant to sound angry and cynical, but I am, so that’s how it comes across” Watson, biodata specialist and author of Opinionomics, reveals some handy tips and tricks for anyone out there putting their data from Googlesheets into our favourite analytical workhorse, R.

What Clinicians Want from NGS-based Tests

Technically from October, but who’s counting? Dan Koboldt of MassGenomics takes a look at what clinicians actually want from their NGS, from pricing and turnaround to handling of those tricksy variants of unknown significance. 

Unintended consequences of NGS-base NIPT?

CRUK’s James Hadfield, and blogger at CoreGenomics takes a look at a recent UK documentary that explored how pre-natal screening for Down’s syndrome impacted upon parental decision-making, and looks at the pros and cons in a highly emotionally charged debate. 

(This month James also waxed lyrical about the read length that some researchers are achieving using nanopore sequencing – 500kb and counting!)

That feeling when your work is cited in Wikipedia

And finally, FLG contributor Manuel Corpas was surprised to find one his latest studies cited by none other than… Wikipedia! On the entry about the Human Genome no less. His study – A Complete Public Domain Family Genomics Dataset – is cited in the Personal Genome section. Nice one!


As this is a new feature, as always we want to know what you think. Who are your favourite genomics bloggers? Who should be in this list and isn’t? Let us know on twitter (@FLGenomics), or drop us an email (liz@frontlinegenomics.com) and we’ll make sure to include them in the next one!