SMB2013 Impressions

Several remarks on the conference:

  •  Carlos Bustamante gave a talk on Population Genetic Inference in the Personal Genome Era. Basically, they collect huge amount of data on rare genetic variants and then map these data using PCA onto the space of first two principal components. Among other things the results show that rare genetic variants allow to determine the geographic location of a person with extremely high precision. Here is a link. And another one.
  • Marie Doumic Jauffret showed that for a realistic description of such a simple biological process as bacterial growth in vitro we still need quite involved mathematical models.
  • Leon Glass told a lot of stories about his collaboration with Arthur Winfree. Apart from the fact that we still do not much about sudden cardiac death, he gave a reference to one of his earlier works: Dynamics of pure parasystole, which might be an interesting subject to talk about at MathClub (here number theory meets heart beats).
  • Rafael Peña-Miller gave a talk about modeling of evolution of antibiotic resistance. A lot of exciting details are in his paper that won Lee Segel Prize of 2011.
  • Alan Perelson gave a presentation in which he very accurately stated that probably the standard model of the virus spread does not always work (what a surprise). Here is a reference.
  • During many section talks I was thinking about the paper by Herbert Hethcote “Thousand and one epidemic models”.

About Artem Novozhilov

I am an applied mathematician interested in studying various evolutionary processes by means of mathematical models. More on my professional activities can be found on my page
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