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Today, the desktop computer has become an 
indispensable part of the biologist's tool chest.
--Lincoln D. Stein,
Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory

Practical Tools For Innovation
O'Reilly Bioinformatics Technology Conference
January 28-31, 2002 -- Tucson, AZ

O'Reilly & Associates' first Bioinformatics Technology Conference is now over. Over 700 scientists, researchers, programmers and bioinformaticians came together to examine the state of computational biology and learn from each other's study and practice. Please continue to visit our Conference Web page for details on our next Bioinformatics Technology Conference scheduled for Q1 2003. For news from the conference, visit our Conference Coverage page on the O'Reilly Network.

Conference Updates

Keynote change--Christopher Hogue, Senior Scientist at the Samuel Lunenfeld Research Institute of Mt. Sinai Hospital, will deliver the Thursday Keynote address, Saccharomyces cerevisiae - Some Assembly Required. Hogue replaces Celera's Gene Meyers who is unable to attend the conference.

New Section Added--Due to overwhelming response, a new section of Peter Schattner's tutorial, Perl and Bioperl: Tools for Automated Analysis of Biological Sequence Data, has been added to the O'Reilly Bioinformatics Technology Conference. The new tutorial is slated for Monday morning, January 28, 2002.

The O'Reilly Bioinformatics Technology Conference will feature an informal poster session. Participation is open to all speakers and registered attendees of the conference. This poster event provides a relaxed opportunity for attendees to learn about each others' work, and to meet face-to-face.

Sign-up for Lightning Talks at the O'Reilly Bioinformatics Technology Conference. Lightning Talks are a series of five-minute talks on any aspect of Bioinformatics (biology, programming, education, business, or anything that moves you). For more information and to sign-up for a Lightning Talk, please visit www.justanotherperlhacker.org/lightning.

Bioinformatics.Org Track Set
Bioinformatics.org is pleased to hold its annual, one-day event at the O'Reilly Bioinformatics Technology Conference. The program is open to all registered attendees and includes an introduction to bioinformatics.org, panel discussions, project presentations, and evening "birds of a feather" meetings.

Conference Room Share Network--Looking to save on your O'Reilly Bioinformatics Technology Conference accommodation? We have set up a room-share email list to help you find a suitable roommate while you attend the conference.

The Gene Ontology Consortium will meet February 1-3 at the Westin La Paloma at the conclusion of the O'Reilly Bioinformatics Technology Conference.

The Open Bioinformatics Foundation (OBF) will exhibit and host "BOF" sessions for Bioperl developers, new Bioperl users, and Biopython users & developers.

O'Reilly Events Walk the Green Walk--O'Reilly is committed to holding environmentally responsible events by using recycled products and partnering with conference vendors.

Related News

Bioinformatics Conference Presentation Downloads--The Bioinformatics Technology Conference is over, but if you couldn't attend the conference, many of the presentations are now available for download.

Building a Bioinformatics Nation--Addressing bioinformatics data providers at the O'Reilly Bioinformatics Technology Conference, Lincoln Stein describes the benefits of moving towards a formal Web services model.

Ewan Birney Open Source Bioinformatics--Open source advocate Ewan Birney delivered a rousing keynote describing the emerging discipline and telling why bioinformatics software should be open source. For complete conference coverage, see O'Reilly's Bioinformatics Conference Coverage.

An Interview with Dr. Leroy Hood--We spoke to Dr. Leroy Hood about systems biology, bioinformatics, and the future of biological research. Dr. Hood is the founder of the Institute for Systems Biology and he is delivering the closing keynote at O'Reilly's upcoming Bioinformatics Technology Conference.

Dr. Leroy Hood to Give Closing Keynote--Dr. Leroy Hood will talk about how the Human Genome Project has altered the view and practice of biology in the closing keynote address Thursday, January 31, at the O'Reilly Bioinformatics Technology Conference. Dr. Hood is recognized as one of the world's leading scientists in molecular biotechnology and genomics.

Interview with Lincoln Stein--Bioinformatics Technology Conference Keynote Lincoln Stein talks about his current projects, his opinion on patent issues in biology, and why Perl has become the programming language of choice in bioinformatics.

Speedup at What Cost?--Christopher Dwan examines the trade-offs involved in using tools based on heuristic algorithms, like BLAST, which performs sequence-based homology searches in bioinformatics. Christopher will be speaking on this topic at O'Reilly's upcoming Bioinformatics Technology Conference.

Chambered Nautilus An Interview with the Bioinformatics Conference Chairs--Learn why bioinformatics is a hot topic at O'Reilly in this interview with Nathan Torkington and Lorrie LeJeune, co-chairs of the upcoming O'Reilly Bioinformatics Technology Conference.

Parsing Protein Domains with Perl--James Tisdall, author of O'Reilly's Beginning Perl for Bioinformatics, shows biologists how to program in Perl using biological data, with downloadable code examples. James is speaking about Beginning Perl for Bioinformatics at O'Reilly's Bioinformatics Technology Conference.

Interview with Ewan Birney--O'Reilly Web editor Bruce Stewart spoke with conference keynote Ewan Birney about Bioperl, Ensembl, and the importance of open source bioinformatics.

Why Biologists Want to Program Computers--The economic and scientific benefits of biologists learning to program are explained by James Tisdall, author of O'Reilly's upcoming book Beginning Perl for Bioinformatics.

Tadpoles Bio Hackathon--For the first time, open source bioinformatics developers will meet face-to-face in an international "hackathon"--a hands on programming event held in coordination with the conference.

O'Reilly Authors Cynthia Gibas & Per Jambeck will speak at the O'Reilly's Bioinformatics Technology Conference. Cynthia moderates the Academic Freedom Panel, and Per co-presents Biology for Computer Professionals. Their book, Developing Bioinformatics Computer Skills, lays out a structured approach to analyzing biological data and details the computer tools needed.

Read the latest Bioinformatics Weblogs from Lorrie LeJeune, Nathan Torkington, Rael Dornfest, Tim O'Reilly, and others.

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