Seeing the big picture with computational biology

A recent excellent article in PLOS Biology by Florian Markowetz with the provocative title "All Biology is Computational Biology" makes an passionate case that computational biologists contribute crucial conceptual tools and approaches to biology, allowing biologists to see the big picture and turning fuzzy ideas into concrete hypotheses far beyond a mere "service provider". Hear, hear!

Amber Biology presenting on biological pattern formation at Jan 23 Boston Python Meetup

Many life scientists want to add computation to their research, but programming is often not taught with the biologist's intuition in mind. Amber Biology is presenting at the Boston Python Meetup on Monday January 23 at 7pm on using modeling of biological pattern formation as a gateway to Python.  We will also be raffling off two copies of our new book Python for the Life Sciences.

Amber Biology is proud to be a sponsor of the first Ronin Institute Unconference in Cambridge, MA

Those interested in joining the movement to build new models for doing research and scholarship outside traditional institutions in biology and beyond won't want to miss the first Ronin Institute Unconference to be held on November 5, 2016. The meeting will be hosted at The Democracy Center in Harvard Square and you will have the chance to meet and network with an eclectic and forward-thinking group of people from a range of different research areas. Amber Biology is proud to sponsor this important event.

For the life scientist, learning to code is like learning to fly

The great majority of life scientists working in academia or in the typical biotechnology or pharmaceutical company laboratory, still often use calculators or spreadsheets, for handling their research data.  More emphasis on computational skills, both in college and in training of life scientists, would benefit not only the researcher, but also the academic field and life science industries for which it is the foundation.