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Advice for PHD students and tips for the rest of us

When I was a doctoral student, I actively asked anyone I could for advice about academia and being a scientist. It has been seven years…

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Conferences for microbial genomics, bioinformatics and microbiology

These are meetings that apply to my area of microbiology, genomics and bioinformatics. These include meetings I have attended in the past…

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Drawing phylogenetic trees in R (ggtree)

Here are some notes on how to use R (specifically the ggtree package) to draw phylogenetic trees. In this first section, I will show…

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The scientist's eight surefire steps to self sabotage

I saw an interesting video recently talking about Self Sabotage. It was talking about creative work generally, but I see a lot of scientists…

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The dark secret about containers in Bioinformatics

If you talk to your friendly neighbourhood bioinformatician (Binfie) these days, you might hear them mention "containers", " docker ", and…

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