The Microsoft Genomics service in Azure is a cloud-based implementation of the Burrows-Wheeler Aligner (BWA) and the Genome Analysis Toolkit (GATK) for alignment and variant calling. This service came was released a few years ago and currently provides a Python 2.7 CLI to submit workflows. This software takes in either…


If you’re an academic, scientist, business article contributor, or any other person that writes research-y things and attempts to have them published in reputable journals, you’ve probably been scarred by the peer review process.

It can feel like others are tearing your work to shreds, but the key is to stay confident.

Today, a scientific journal published an article I (and others) wrote about using machine learning to…


I was recently granted access to OpenAI’s GPT-3 API. This system provides state-of-the-art natural language intelligence for a variety of applications including text generation, translation, summarization, code generation, classification, and more.

To read OpenAI’s GPT-3 post, visit: https://openai.com/blog/gpt-3-apps/.

🍪 Instead of boring text stuff, why not make cookies? 🍪

Recipe Generation

One…


If you watch or read the news, there are a flurry of reports of SARS-CoV-2 variants popping up in the US and around the world. Some reports generalize and might say something like “The South African variant was found in South Carolina” or “The E484 variant was seen in Massachusetts”…


Over the past couple weeks, friends and family have asked me questions about the “accuracy” of different COVID-19 tests. This video by #3Blue1Brown explains why accuracy isn’t really what you’re wanting to know. A better question would be: “Given a positive test result, what’s the probability I actually have COVID-19?”…

Colby T. Ford, PhD

Cloud AI and genomics guy and aspiring polymath. I do research in machine learning and bioinformatics and I sometimes write things here.

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