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This is the webspace of PhD unextraordinaire Adam Sardar. Using the catergory links to the right you can find articles relating to both:

i.) My blog: This mostly consists of tid-bits of science that I find interesting enough to write about. Think of it like science tapas.

ii.) My current work and research: This is largely based on computational molecular biology (my PhD topic area), but there are a few articles relating to some small mini-projects that I just fancied studying.

 

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Parsing a Newick Tree Using Perl Regex

Parsing a Newick Tree Using Perl Regex

A newick tree is a way of representing a tree, with branch lengths and internal node names, as a single string. An example is: (A:0.1,B:0.2,(C:0.3,D:0.4):0.5); Which would correspond to the tree below (notice how the braces show the groupings of nodes and the colons ...

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, there is usually a good copy on the other X. So half of the cells responsible are expressing the appropriate gene, which is enough for the clotting system to at least function. Guys aren't so lucky - if your mother gave you a 'bad' X chromome, you've had it.  And it's not just heamophillia - colour blindness, some types of muscular dystrophy and a syndrome that means that you can't eat fava beans (Hannibal Lecter was clearly not a sufferer).  So are there any genes that exist on the Y chromosome but not on the X (other than the obvious!)? Well, we guys are occassionally blessed with the 'hairy ears' gene.  All of this can, of course, become much more complciated. Sufferers of the somewhat seedy sounding 'XXX Syndrome' have, you guessed it, three X chromosomes. Which means that two inactivated X chromosomes exist in every nucleic cell!

Women Are Mosaics

So I came across this the other day when I was flicking through 'Molecular Biology of the Cell' (a fantastic textbook, with the one critisism that I ALWAYS get distracted by something else within its pages ). Anyway, apparently the ...

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RECOMB 2011 Poster

RECOMB 2011 Poster

F1000 is a great way to extend the lifespan of a poster following a conference. This was my poster submission for RECOMB 2011 in Vancouver. I was at stand 84 presenting "Horizontal Gene Transfer Of Protein Domain Architectures" by Adam ...

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Volcanic Ash

Volcanic Ash

The Parliamentary Office for Science and Technology (POST) offer an internship scheme for EPSRC PhD students. I had a go at applying, but didn't get the place (a pity really). Anyway, the task set to rank applicants was to write a two-sided brief on volcanic ...

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Optimisation Techniques

Optimisation Techniques

The featured image is from a little experiment that NASA ran. They tried to write a micro-genetic algorithm that would create an antennae for a particular function on a probe. They got the mess above. BUT, when they made the thing and tried it ...

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There are all kinds of interesting questions that come from a knowledge of science, which only adds to the excitement and mystery and awe of a flower. It only adds. I don’t understand how it subtracts.” – Richard Feynman