Busy, but here are some links

Dear Hyphal Tip reader-

I’m having a hard time making enough to blog about interesting papers at length, but to spell you I am putting up twitter msgs about papers that have interesting abstracts and are worth a followup look.  You’ll see these in the boringly titled “Weekly Twitter Updates” on Monday morning with a round up links from the week’s twitterings by @fungalgenomes.  If you are like me, sometimes just a survey of some interesting titles is enough to introduce a new paper that might be worth reading but you don’t have time to read a whole long post about a paper anyways.  Hopefully there will be some more time this summer to catch up on papers that could be blogged about.  I also plan on reorganizing some more of the links to accessible genome data and database resource to make it easier to mine and download this information.  With so many projects that are no longer specifically funded or directed by sequencing centers since every lab can pretty much do a fungal genome now, it is hard for the list to realistically expect to keep it  up to date without other contributors to it.

I’m also open and interested in other people with mycological interests providing short blogged reviews on papers or fungal genome database resources, but I understand the pull between spending time writing things that “count” (ie published, peer reviewed papers & reviews), getting work done, and blogging.

Other things here are afoot with work developing databases for fungal genome data, a bunch of new data loads for gbrowse tools that is competing with my time teaching and the work to get initial lab projects running that are takes up lots of time.  I co-submitted a couple of CSP proposals and tried to support other fungal groups’ proposals with some letters.  In the meantime I’ll keep blogging about what comes across my plate and hope to see you at a conference this summer or online.

2 thoughts on “Busy, but here are some links”

  1. I was thinking about an idea from another blogger- how about a blog journal club? As we often need to write up some sort of summary when we present a paper in lab meeting or grad students for journal club- why not post these here? I bet I could convince our lab to get on board, at least in the fall? Even if only a few labs join, we could cover a lot! Anyway, it’s a thought…anyone else out there that would be interested? We can chat about it in a few weeks at the Gordon conference?

  2. This does sound good. I think it doesn’t have to be a long post, but a summary of the high points and what the take home message is. If there are flaws it is fine to point out but I know one thing that keep people from blogging about papers is the fear that they’ll hurt their reputation somehow by being seen as attacking someone’s work.

    It would also be encouraged that we’d include some reviews of websites/databases that are out there that focus on fungal or microbial data with an eye towards developing a better curated list of genomic and computational resources for mycology-minded people.

    Let’s definitely talk about it in a few weeks as I’d really like to have more people interact on these topics online.

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