A new tool to correct DNA sequencing errors using consensus and context

The following blog is from guest contributor Paul Greenfield of CSIRO, Australia’s national science agency. He and his colleagues have developed a new correction tool to address the problem of DNA sequencing errors in biological and ecological research, and they have just released it to the research community worldwide. —Simon Mercer, Director, Microsoft Research  …


Identifying Genetic Factors in Disease with Big Data

It’s long been known that many serious diseases—including heart disease, asthma, and many forms of cancer—run in families. Until fairly recently, however, medical researchers have had no easy way of identifying the particular genes that are associated with a given malady. Now genome-wide association studies, which take advantage of our ability to sequence a person’s…


Microsoft Biology Foundation Available for Free Download

On July 10, in Boston, the External Research division of Microsoft Research will introduce the Microsoft Biology Initiative, resources designed to help biological scientists and programmers conduct research more efficiently and affordably. These include the first post-beta release of the Microsoft Biology Foundation (MBF), a language-neutral bioinformatics tool kit built as an extension to the…