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Paper Accepted!

June 14th, 2012 1 Comment

I got word that my latest manuscript with Paul Higgs was accepted. Dear Dr. Collins, Thank you for submitting the revised version of your manuscript to Molecular Biology and Evolution. While you did not take all of the suggestions by the reviewers, I found your response to the reviews to be reasonable and your decision […]

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Upcoming Goldschmidt Short Course in Bioinformatics

May 2nd, 2012 No Comments

Short course 2: Bioinformatics for geologists Speaker: Dr. R. Eric Collins, McMaster University, Hamilton, Canada Date: Tuesday, June 26, 2012 Time: 12h30 – 14h00 Price: Free Short course description: This course is an introduction to bioinformatics – the use of computers to study biological processes via information-carrying molecules like DNA and proteins. We will look […]

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Mapping KEGG organism codes to NCBI RefSeq Ids

January 17th, 2012 No Comments

I was working on a problem today that required matching up the 3-letter codes KEGG uses for identifying genomes to the NCBI RefSeq codes used for DNA molecules in the genomes I’m working with (e.g. NC_031415). Because I couldn’t find such a mapping file I had to do it myself. Here’s how. First, I use […]