Biochemistry / Bioinformatics

Biochemistry and bioinformatics in society

One of the greatest powers of research is harnessing symbiotic relationships among different fields, and biological research is no exception. With the growth of bioinformatics, a field dedicated to developing computational methods for biology, collecting extremely large datasets has become easier and more widespread. As a result, biochemical methods are increasingly informed by these datasets, and in turn, the complexity of biochemical systems provides an excellent source of material for bioinformatic analysis. Our group "Biochemistry and Bioinformatics in Society" is interested in exploring this interface between biochemistry and bioinformatics. Specifically, we will be sharing insights into the impact that discoveries from this interface have on various aspects of society, such as policy and healthcare/medicine.

Coo coo - the doctor is in

What pigeons can teach us about the future of medical imaging and diagnostics.

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Clinicians spend years training to accurately interpret medical imaging like X-rays in order to recognize and diagnose diseases. However, a recent research article identifies an unlikely candidate for interpreting medical images: Columba livia, an animal you might recognize as the common pigeon. Researchers in this study showed that, with food reward and several days of practice, it is possible to train pigeons to tell the difference between healthy and cancerous tissue.