Summer at XRDS: Issue on “Computational Biology” a comprehensive preview!

I am very pleased to introduce the June issue for XRDS on computational biology. I had the privilege to work as Issue Editor for this issue alongside Guest Editor Cristina Pop, who recently received her Ph.D. from Stanford University.

Computational biology is ubiquitous. Every modern bioscience lab relies on computational biology and bioinformatics techniques to some extend, whether for gene and protein sequencing or data storage. Moreover, advances in computational biology techniques allow researchers to gain deeper insights into biological mechanisms, simplify lab-bench methods, and develop more reliable and sophisticated methods for diagnosis and clinical applications. Computational biology drives biological research and even bounds the types of questions that researchers and clinicians can ask. This is why it is such an exciting and rapidly growing area of computer science. Continue reading

“Information Wants to be Free”

Many of you may have heard or read about the tragic news that Aaron Swartz, a co-founder of Reddit, political organizer, and internet activist took his own life on January 11th at the age of 26. Numerous obituaries, news articles, tributes, and criticisms have been written describing the last days of Aaron’s life and how his prosecution for felony wiretapping charges may have contributed to his suicide. Aaron’s work unquestionably changed the world in ways that are relevant to readers of XRDS.

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