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From Postage Stamps to the Hidden Markov Model: Application in Biology

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Dear group,
after the summer break we are happy to welcome everyone back. And we have new members too!

A hundred years ago physicists regarded biology as mere stamp collecting. At our next meeting on September 23rd, Keith Beech, core member of our group, will describe how the introduction of sophisticated mathematics to deal with big data has changed this. Topics covered will be the use of Bayes' rule to interpret medical tests, hidden Markov models to find the needles that are genes in the haystack of our DNA, and the computer construction of evolutionary trees.

At the beginning of the meetup, we will also briefly cover the following updates on biotechnology and medicine:

Software Verification Meets Biology
https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/researchconnections/science/stories/software-biology.asp (https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/researchconnections/science/stories/software-biology.aspx)

Smoking Permanently Damages Your DNA, Study Finds
http://www.nbcnews.com/health/health-news/smoking-permanently-scars-your-dna-study-finds-n651471

Breakthrough in cancer research: Legions of nanorobots target tumours with precision
http://3tags.org/article/breakthrough-in-cancer-research-legions-of-nanorobots-target-tumours-with-precision

Science Reveals That This Common Fruit Can Press Pause On Aging
http://www.m2now.co.nz/2-science-anti-aging-fruit/

A Harvard professor says he can cure aging, but is that a good idea
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/achenblog/wp/2015/12/02/professor-george-church-says-he-can-reverse-the-aging-process/?tid=hybrid_experimentrandom_3_na

Engineers devise way to retrieve 'memories' from human cells
http://eandt.theiet.org/news/2016/aug/MIT-memories-cells.cfm

OVC cancer breakthrough leads to human clinical trials
http://scienmag.com/ovc-cancer-breakthrough-leads-to-human-clinical-trials/

FDA Orders Antibacterials Removed From Consumer Soaps
http://www.nbcnews.com/health/health-news/fda-orders-antibacterials-removed-consumer-soaps-n642036

Scientists discover how 'super enzyme' speeds up DNA repair
http://3tags.org/article/scientists-discover-how-super-enzyme-speeds-up-dna-repair

We will start at 7:00 p.m., with the afterwards discussion at Baton Rouge, from 9:15 p.m. The meeting will take place in Committee room 3.

The meetup fee is $3 payable at the event. It helps us to cover the cost of the website maintenance and the projector we bought for the presentations.

We hope to see everyone on September 23!