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Hackaton 2013 requires loads of pizzas

Today we have a Hackaton day with a following Cocktail party at CBS. Everyone attending, about 60 people, have been divided into smaller groups and they will all be sitting and coding on a problem they want to have solved.

The groups we have are as follows: Administration working on how to handle new employees, CBS databases, Genomics pipeline, Protein-protein interaction, Lab collaboration, Metagenomics pipeline, Prediction, Protein expression analysis, Systems Biology tools, VPN, Whole genome evolution analysis and proteomics pipeline group. All groups have a few hours to brainstorm, code and document.

As everyone knows, coding requires a lot of pizza and Cola, and I think we made the pizzaria happy when we called and ordered 50 pizzas.

50 pizzas on a table

50 pizzas on a table

In an hour we will have thai food ordered from Silom, and after that we will slowly open the bar – only serving cocktails. Who knows when the night will end? One thing I am sure of, we have all had a very productive day, so we definitely deserve to have a great party tonight.



Francis Cricks Secret letter of life sold for 6 million USD

19 March 1953 Francis Crick sent a letter to his son Michael. In the letter he outlined the revolutionary discovery of the structure and function of DNA. Today this letter was set on auction at Christies, as I mentioned in another post, with an expectancy to be sold for $1,000,000 – $2,000,000.

The auction has now ended and the seven pages letter was sold for an unimaginably amount of $6,059,750, crazy.


Francis Cricks Secret letter of life

Francis Cricks Secret letter of life


Besides that two other items were also set for sale; A notebook containing 4 pages of manuscript, sold for $21,250 and pencil portrait of Crick, sold for $17,500.


Francis Cricks memorables goes to the auction

Francis Crick (8 June 1916 – 28 July 2004) was an English molecular biologist, who is probably most noted for being the co-discoverer of the structure of the DNA molecule. April 25 1953,  James Watson (born April 6, 1928) and Crick published their Nobel-Prize-winning discovery of the structure of the DNA molecule in Nature, titled: “Molecular structure of nucleic acids: A structure for deoxyribose nucleic acid“.

Nine years after, in 1962, the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine was jointly awarded Crick, Watson and Maurice Wilkins “for their discoveries on the molecular structure of nucleic acids and its significance for information transfer in living material”. Cricks’ Nobel Lecture can be found here.

We’ve discovered the secret of life – Francis Crick

Next week, April 10 2013, selections of Cricks personal memorables will be set for auction. Besides the gold medal he was awarded from Nobel in 1962, a handwritten letter send to his son Michael dated 15 March 1953, will also be set for sale. The letter is seven-pages long and starts with the sentence: “Jim Watson and I have probably made a most important discovery. We have built a model for the structure of de-oxy-ribose-nucleic-acid (read it carefully) called D.N.A. for short.” The original letter can be found here and a transcript is found here.

Our structure is very beautiful – Francis Crick 1953

The estimate from Christie’s, the auction house selling the item, is that the letter will sell for between $1 to $2 million. Interested people can follow the auction here, if anyone is also registering for the auction please contact me so we can discuss whether it would be more beneficial for you to invest in servers for our research group instead.

reconstruction of the double helix model for the structure of DNA can still be seen at the British Museum, some of the metal plates are from the original model used by Crick and Watson.

Watson and Crick with their model of the Double Helix


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