On December 18 and 19 Peter Tonellato and I delivered keynote talks and multiple training sessions in the areas of Cloud Computing (December 18) and Personalized Medicine (December 19) at Nile University. All of this was geared towards building new partnerships with our Egyptian colleagues at Nile University. We look forward to forging ahead, despite the recent conflicts that have erupted over the last month.
we just published a paper entitled "cloud computing for comparative genomics" accessible here that has become the most highly accessed paper in BMC Bioinformatics in less than a months time. It details our recent efforts with Amazon's Elastic Compute Cloud and Elastic MapReduce web service. Expect the cloud to become a premier computing solution for translational bioinformatics.