Thoughts about genetic clustering

Part of my job at Repositive is to think about the different kinds of specific queries that can be run on genomic data that are scientifically interesting. For example, calculate the allele frequency at a certain genomic location, count the number of C->T mutations ...

How to successfully apply for access to EGA

I have previously written a series of posts detailing the issues with dbGaP's application and access procedures. But dbGaP isn't the only repository of matched genotype and phenotype data. The European Bioinformatics Institute (EBI) maintains the "European Genome-phenome Archive" (EGA). Like dbGaP, the data stored ...

How to successfully apply for access to dbGaP

I have previously written at length about my frustrations with the dbGaP application process. Which highlighted some of the many difficulties and pitfalls in the application process. However, my previous rants probably don't provide the most useful reference for successfully negotiating the dbGaP application. So, ...

Accessing dbGaP, a bureaucratic odyssey - Part 2

When I finished my last post documenting my attempts to access the dbGaP general research use data, I had my access blocked pending a small company review and was busy screaming obscenities at no one in particular. As I don't think there is any way ...

Accessing dbGaP, a bureaucratic odyssey

Reading about navigating bureaucratic hurdles seems like a 21st century version of “watching paint dry”; a dull and unrewarding activity to be avoided if at all possible. So why should you keep reading? I could try and convince you that this particular bureaucratic exercise, the ...