Title: Reconstruction of ancestral genome organization in bacteria.
Speaker: Daniel Lai
Centre for High-throughput Biology (CHiBi), University of British Columbia


Given the focus placed on the ENCODE project in our recent reading group and lab meetings, I'd like to discuss some of the reactions to the ENCODE project from both the public media and both supporters and detractors of the work. To help the discussion, I'll be focusing on this short essay from Sean Eddy:

The ENCODE project: Missteps overshadowing a success

The paper also discusses on the two following papers which may also be read for more background. The second is almost an entertaining rant, albeit a long one, as rants should be.

Is junk DNA bunk? A critique of ENCODE

On the Immortality of Television Sets: "Function" in the Human Genome According to the Evolution-Free Gospel of ENCODE