Month: October 2013


DNAdigest hack day on privacy and security

Hack day in London on November 23rd DNAdigest coordially invites you to our upcoming Hack Day in London on November 23rd. The schedule and details of the day are being filled in now on our new DNAdigest tumblr site and registration is now open through Eventbrite. The topic of the day is privacy and security issues related to genomics data sharing. We will also welcome related discussions on metadata, data indexing, query interface, data exchange protocols, etc. Keep an eye on our tumblr page for more background info as it becomes available. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to get in touch on Looking forward to see you in November!

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DNAdigest press coverage and Nick Clegg visit

One day ahead of the official opening of Wayra UnLtd academy – we are in the news!   The official opening of the Wayra UnLtd academy happened this Monday, with big press coverage and a visit from the UK deputy prime minister Nick Clegg. Read the article at the Sunday Times: ‘Wikipedia of genes’ to help fight disease’ And the summary of Nick Cleggs visit in Business Matters: ‘Deputy PM Nick Clegg opens social enterprise accelerator Wayra UnLtd’ Photo courtesy: Business Matters

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Fiona Nielsen shortlisted for WiSE awards 2013

Join us for the award ceremony on November 14th  The association for Women in Science and Engineering have announced their shortlist of nominees for the WiSE awards 2013. We are proud to highlight that Fiona Nielsen, CEO of DNAdigest, has been shortlisted in the category Enterprise and Innovation. The award ceremony will take place in the Science Museum in London on November 14th and tickets are still available. Join us to celebrate women who make their mark in science and technology.Tickets are selling out, so secure your seat now by contacting Rebecca Winstanley

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Nuffield reports on privacy and data control

The Nuffield Council on Bioethics held their second fact-finding meeting on September 12th. The summary from their latest meeting presents the combined expert knowledge of the current status of patient privacy in relation to data access issues in research and clinical practice. Some interesting points were raised during the meeting, including: patients do not necessarily value privacy to the exclusion of all other interests; the engineering techniques for providing complex data controls to patients and participants exist, but the political will to implement them is often lacking; Read the whole list and summary on the councils webpage, and sign up to their newsletter to stay up-to-date with their work on biomedical and health data.

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Data sharing for cancer in the cloud

The latest example of how collaborative data sharing enables new discoveries. The Cancer Genome Atlas (TCGA) Pan-Cancer project involved more than 250 collaborators from 30 different institutions who collected a common standardised dataset of 12 types of cancer assayed for both genomic and epigenomic features. The dataset was shared with the entire pan-cancer project through the cloud platform Synapse which provided a collaborative environment for data analysis. The effort resulted in four Open Access papers published in Nature Genetics, and the collaboration is summarised in this editorial: