Another survey on bioinformatics practices

I recently wrote about the bioinformatics survey that Nick Loman and Tom Connor published. Well if people are interested, there is another bioinformatics survey happening, organised by Elia Brodsky (@EliaBrodsky).

Elia works at Pine Biotech and he says that the results of the survey will be publicized on their website.

You can take the survey here and you can read more details about it on Elia's LinkedIn post: Bioinformatics - useful or just frustrating?

Your help needed: readers of ACGT can take part in a scientific study and win prizes

I’ve teamed up with researcher Paige Brown Jarreau (@fromthelabbench on twitter) to create a survey of ACGT readers, the results of which will be combined with feedback from readers of other science blogs.

Paige is a postdoctoral researcher at the Manship School of Mass Communication, Louisiana State University and her research focuses on the intersection of science communication, journalism, and new media. She also writes on her popular From the Lab Bench blog.

By participating in this 10–15 minute survey, you’ll be helping me improve ACGT, but more importantly you will be contributing to our understanding of science blog readership. You will also get FREE science art from Paige's Photography for participating, as well as a chance to win a t-shirt and a $50 Amazon gift card!

Click on the following link to take the survey:



P.S. Even if you don't take part in the survey, you should still check out Paige's amazing photography, her picture of a Western lowland gorilla is stunning.

Which 'omics' assembly tools are currently the most popular?

I recently organized an online poll to find out which tools for genome, transcriptome, and metagenome assembly are currently the most popular with researchers. After a week or so of collecting results, I ended up with 116 responses that describe over 30 different assembly tools.

Thanks to everyone who took part. I've posted the results to Figshare as a PDF report, and have also embedded this below (I suggest downloading the PDF so that you can use all of the embedded hyperlinks in the report).