On this site I intend look at ideas related to biotechnology and in particular bioinformatics, and hope to do so in a way that will make these subjects accessible to those with no prior knowledge of them. Biotechnology is playing an increasingly important part in our lives, and we need to learn about it in order to make sure it goes in the right direction.
Welcome to the opharmia.org website.
Note that I am not a professional in this area - my background is in mathematical physics and computing - and so the creation of this site is more about me trying to learn about the subject than about trying to teach it to anyone. I plan to look at various diseases and how new bioinformatic ideas can be used to tackle them, as well as trying to understand what is going on in our bodies at the scale of proteins and DNA. I hope that you'll join me on this journey.
See Why Bioinformatics? for more reasons why you should take an interest in this subject.
The name of this site comes from combining the words Open and Pharmacology and it is based on the premise that we should all have access to new biotechnological developments. In particular I would welcome a more open approach to pharmecuticals, but I don't want to be too dogmatic about this. Intellectual property law is valuable in many contexts and I see this as a topic for discussion rather than a foregone conclusion.
Here are some of the questions I intend to look at on this site:
NoteThe above Twitter feed is a combination of tweets for two websites. You can find the tweets for Opharmia.org alone here