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Collaboration with EMBL-EBI on Ensembl

Eagle Genomics Ltd has signed a collaboration agreement with EMBL Enterprise Management Technology Transfer GmbH (EMBLEM), acting on behalf of the European Molecular Biology Laboratory’s European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI) and the Wellcome..

Abel Ureta-Vidal

Changing MySQL DB parameter on Amazon RDS instance

November 16, 2010 / 2 Comments / in Amazon, AWS, Big data technology, Blog, MySQL, RDS / by Abel Ureta-Vidal

MySQL instances on Amazon RDS service usually comes with default MySQL configuration settings, which might not always work for our needs. For example: we had to change max_allowed_packet DB parameter value to allow importing large DNA sets. This is..

Ensembl 60 top tip #1

Ensembl 60 came out yesterday. For those of you who are technical developers like us who do in-depth hacking of the source code, there's two things that have changed which you need to be aware of:

Abel Ureta-Vidal

SaaS (Software as a Service) a blessing for bioinformatics users?

In these tough economic conditions more and more organisations are looking for ways to reduce their operational and maintenance costs. Businesses are turning towards SaaS (Software as a Service) model because they no longer have to worry about..


Did you know that in New Zealand, say the word 'Manchester' and everyone will think you're talking about bedsheets? Nobody will even stop to think that you might actually be referring to a large city in the North of England (which also just happens..

Will Spooner

On the demise of gene patents: Can the NextGen industry finally look at the "naughty bits"?

A multiple-choice question for you; when sequencing all or a portion of an individual's genome, are individual gene patents (of which there are many 1000s) infringed upon by either A. the company providing the sequence, B. the company selling..

SSL and Tomcat

A purely technical post this one, because it gave me such a headache this morning trying to figure it out and realising that nowhere was all this written down in one place.

Will Spooner

Importing Ensembl into Amazon RDB

Ensembl very kindly distributes their databases on Amazon as public datasets in a variety of forms. The most straightforward to use is the set of MySQL database files that can simply be copied into a MySQL server's data directory and they will..

Public or Private Cloud, or maybe Hybrid?

Last week I noticed that a new world record had been set... and I'm afraid I'm not talking about the common wealth games, but rather about another advance in private cloud computing. The record was set ( or rather reset, as they already held it ) by..

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