Genome assembly likes RAM!

This is what it looks like when you do a genome assembly and run out of memory… The machine in question actually has 384GB of RAM (not much, as far as machines which do genome assembly go!). Assembling a genome is like doing a massive puzzle; you need to have all the “pieces” in contiguous […]

Fun with optics and microscopy

Marc Dusseiller from Hackteria.org was in Nairobi for a conference on point-of-care diagnostics, demonstrating some of his cool low-tech biohacking devices. I spent some time with him after the conference, showing him around Nairobi, as well as taking him over to the iHub to see if we could meet up with any other hackers/makers. He […]