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If you're a programmer/CS person interesting in genomics/bioinformatics, I can't recommend UCSD's Coursera courses[0] enough.


The UCSD bioinformatics algorithms courses on Coursera are fantastic:
Open Source Projects/Platforms:

ADAM (Big Data Genomics, code-base I think worked currently by UC Berkeley AMPLab and Microsoft Research group focused on cancer research)

BioConductor (R package that is very popular for crunching different genomic analysis, RNA-Seq)

Galaxy (Platform for reproducible genomics workflows in the cloud)

Public Available Data Sets:

Cancer Genome Atlas (contains expression data for different kinds of cancer)

NCBI Short Reads Archive (contains the genome assembly of a lot of published papers):

European Nucleotide Archive:, e.g.,

For a recent major paper, "The Simons Genome Diversity Project: 300 genomes from 142 diverse populations"; you can grep for "accession code"(, follow the link and download the whole raw assemblies of all samples here:




NYGC, JCVI, CRB, Sanger, BGI, Broad, NIH, NCBI, Janelia Farm; any research group in universities; any informatics job at pharmaceutical or pharma startups.

My all star lineup would be:

The Analytics Edge -

Design of Computer Programs -

Justice -

If I had more time I would love to go through the bioinformatics specialization on Coursera. They have 2 books and an exercise site ( It looks like great fun.

Design of Computer Programs was decidedly the best course I ever took online. I was lucky enough to take it when it was first offered. Peter Norvig was very active in the course forum.
+1 for The Analytics Edge.

Along the same lines but a more thorough treatment of linear regression and statistical inference is the excellent Data Analysis and Statistical Inference

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