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Recent Publications About Biomedical Computing
The field of biomedical computation is increasingly seen as a hot topic worthy of coverage in publications other than Biomedical Computation Review.
In June 2005, The Scientist will publish a special issue on digital biology. The publication features a “vision” piece by a working group that includes Nina Fedoroff of the Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences at Penn State and Jeff Shrager from the Carnegie Institution of Washington’s Plant Biology Department, located at Stanford. They propose a hypothesis browser—HyBrow—that would “collect the hypotheses that survive experimental testing in a new kind of knowledge base comprising models with all their supporting and contradicting data and knowledge, indexed by the hypotheses themselves.”
That issue of The Scientist also includes a story about housing and maintaining data storage centers. The writer visits the server farms at Sanger Labs and interviews individuals at NCBI, CERN, and even Google, which boasts a whopping 2 petabytes (about 2 million gigabytes) in their server farm. On May 23, 2005, The Scientist also ran a vision piece by Lincoln Stein of Cold Spring Harbor; and on June 20, 2005, they will publish a story about open source software.
The Scientist isn’t the only publication that’s taking a growing interest in the field. In February, Communications of the ACM ran a series of five features called “Medical Image Modeling Tools and Applications,” guest edited by Dimitris Metaxas. The stories explore the development of a surgical simulator for minimally invasive surgery; a computer-graphics alternative to optical colonoscopy; 3-D modeling and analysis of heart motion from MRI-tagged data; efforts to develop computer-based methods for teaching anatomy; and recent efforts to develop open source image-processing tools.