Author Archives: Nicholas Crawford
Cross posted on ngcrawford.com If you attended Evolution 2013, you probably heard quite a lot of chatter about ultra conserved elements. Essentially, ultra conserved elements (UCEs) are parts of the genome that are highly conserved between different species. Although UCEs … Continue reading
For those readers who are making Illumina libraries for NGS, which I assume is many of you, I’d like to direct you to this new paper by Sheila Fisher’s group at the Broad Institute. In this paper Fisher describes the … Continue reading
Whether it’s simple equations like heritability (e.g., *R = h2S* or the ‘breeders equation’) or more complicated equations like Nei and Chesser’s (1983) unbiased estimator of *HS*, population genetics papers are filled with math. Early in my career I found … Continue reading
I recently received my first batch of reads from a single paired-end lane run on an [Illumina Hi-Seq](http://www.illumina.com/systems/hiseq_2000.ilmn) instrument. This batch totaled about 20 billion basepairs of DNA sequence, and the associated data files a combined 55.4 gigs of text. … Continue reading
As Dilara pointed out in her recent post, keeping track of all the new papers, programs, and techniques is an enormous challenge for the busy molecular ecologist. These days it seems that one should be following publications in Molecular Ecology, Molecular Ecology Resources (of course!), TrEE, Science, Nature, Ecology, PNAS, BMC Evolutionary Biology, and PLoS biology/genetics*. Of course, this doesn’t include those journals specific to your particular sub-discipline.
– Finding New Papers –
The simplist way to keep track of new papers is with Google Reader. Google Reader, if you’re unaware, is google’s online Really Simple Syndication (RSS) reader. Basically, it lets you follow RSS feeds from searches on Pubmed, journals themselves, or blogs. In then colates on all the feed entries onto a single webpage. Essentially, you a list of journals and sublists with the most recent publications, abstracts, and links to the full articles. It definitely beats getting monthly table of contents emails. Continue reading