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Science Foo Camp 2009 by Nature Video

I attended this year’s Science Foo Camp in San Francisco and it was a one-in-a-lifetime experience. Of course, I covered the event in several posts. Now Nature Video published a video featuring the organizers and key participants.

Scifoo: Pictures and Comments

I’ve already written several posts about Scifoo but it’s time to sum things up. What is Scifoo?

Sci Foo is an annual, interdisciplinary, invitation-only scientific ‘unconference’ organized by Nature Publishing Group, Google and O’Reilly Media.

Sci Foo ‘09 will be held on July 10th-12th, 2009 at the Googleplex in Mountain View, California.


Please take a look at the posts I’ve published about the sessions I attended and the things I saw:

Here are a few pictures as well:


Shuttles that took us to Googleplex.

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LinkedIn HQ wasn't too far.

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The SciFoo Camp inside Googleplex.

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We had to write 5 tags about ourselves and 3 people we would invite next year.

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Larry Page, Google co-founder, at the opening ceremony.

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Timo Hannay ( and Tim O'Reilly (O'Reilly Media) at the opening ceremony.

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It wasn't easy to get a room for your session.

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I'm sorry for the last image, but I had to include it. New things to read every day in the toilet.

So it was a one-in-a-lifetime experience and I met incredible people. I hope I will keep in touch with many of them online.

Whole-Genome Sequencing: Any Useful Data?

I met George Church at this year’s Scifoo event in San Francisco and we talked about how useful the data is that was obtained from whole genome sequencing methods. There are almost 50 people in the world right now whose genomes were sequenced like that but the number of useful genomes is very low (e.g. who made it public) . That’s one reason why the ClinSeq project is really promosing.

ClinSeq is a pilot project to investigate the use of whole-genome sequencing as a tool for clinical research. By piloting the acquisition of large amounts of DNA sequence data from individual human subjects, we are fostering the development of hypothesis-generating approaches for performing research in genomic medicine, including the exploration of issues related to the genetic architecture of disease, implementation of genomic technology, informed consent, disclosure of genetic information, and archiving, analyzing, and displaying sequence data.

In the initial phase of ClinSeq, we are enrolling roughly 1,000 participants; the evaluation of each includes obtaining a detailed family and medical history as well as a clinical evaluation. The participants are being consented broadly for research on many traits and for whole-genome sequencing. Initially, Sanger-based sequencing of 300-400 genes thought to be relevant to atherosclerosis is being performed, with the resulting data analyzed for rare, high-penetrance variants associated with specific clinical traits.

He also mentioned the 1000$ genome project and the unofficial estimation is that now it’s possible to sequence a person’s genome for under 5000$ and the 1000$ aim can become a reality at the end of this year.

Scifoo: A visit to the Navigenics HQ

Last weekend, I attended the fantastic Scifoo unconference at the Googleplex (see the Flickr images of Duncan Hull), but one day before the event, I was invited to visit the HQ of Navigenics, one of the most famous direct-to-consumer genetic testing companies. As I just started PhD in the field of personalized genetics and had my genome analyzed by them, I felt like a kid in a candy shop and asked them many questions.

So on Friday, I took the Caltrain and went to Redwood City. Then Julie Lyons drove me to Navigenics HQ.


Here is the official sign of the company.


For some reason, I thought the HQ would be different from an ordinary office, but I realized that’s the only way they can co-ordinate almost 50 people. Genetic counselors, medical doctors, PR people, scientists and the employees reponsible for the online presence of Navigenics. See the Twitter account.


And believe me, being a medical advisor at such a company must be a dream job.


It was a great experience for me to see how such a company operates and I was pleased to see how they treat bloggers and their Twitter followers. More about the topic this week on Scienceroll…

Science Foo Camp 2009

In the past few days, I’ve been covering the International Congress of Gerontology in Paris, but tomorrow I will fly to San Francisco to attend the Scifoo event which is one of the most unique events in each year’s calendar.

Sci Foo is an annual, interdisciplinary, invitation-only scientific ‘unconference’ organized by Nature Publishing Group, Google and O’Reilly Media.

Sci Foo ’09 will be held on July 10th-12th, 2009 at the Googleplex in Mountain View, California.


I plan to participate in 3 sessions.

1) Compu-doc: Doctors and web 2.0 (I have plenty of material about it)

2) Virtual Worlds: I will present a newly developed totally free virtual world created for quick meetings and conferences.

3) I would like to discuss the results of my Medicine 2.0 credit course.


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