Available open access at MBE!
Available open access at MBE!
The ESEB 2015 took place here in Lausanne this week. Quite convenient.
For the outreach activity, I answered a ‘question of the day’:
Is the male Y chromosome really fragile? And will future human societies exclusively consist of females?
Upon completing my PhD in Goettingen, I recently moved to Switzerland to join the Schwander group.
My new affiliation:
Group Schwander – Evolution of reproductive and genetic systems
Department of Ecology and Evolution
University of Lausanne
Phone: +41 (0)21 692 4162
Email: jbast [at] unil . ch
With some delay (due to the great chinese firewall):
New paper out about the genomic landscape of early parallel speciation:
Got the cover picture and quite some media coverage (click details on altmetric batch to see).
I recently got a Dell XPS 12 Ultrabook and I am pretty excited about the power of this 1.5 kg machine.
The intention is to use this ultrabook/tablet hybrid as ‘office’ and NGS data handling system on the go.
The specs are fantastic… energy efficient Intel i7 Haswell with 4 cores, 8 GB memory and a super fast 256 GB SSD drive just feels like warp-speed. Ubuntu boots within 10 seconds.
It comes with Windows 8, which works quite well in both tablet and notebook mode, but I wanted to have a Linux OS running. The latest LTS of Ubuntu was released the day before I got my machine. As the Live-Version worked otu of the box, I gave it a try, even as with very fresh systems one might run into troubles. I knew beforehand, that dual booting might not be easy with Win8. It uses an UEFI boot loader, which had to be configured a bit. Also, some problems with the XPS touchpad & touchscreen hat to be solved.
I searched through quite some webpages and forums to get all the information to set up the system without trouble. So here is what I did step-by-step:
Installation strategy Ubuntu 14.04 (or 12.04, 12.10 or 13.10) dual boot windows 8.1
Before install Ubuntu, changes to be made in Windows 8 (Win must be installed on partition before Ubuntu):
Boot with Ubuntu USB/CD
For me the loader worked fine after the installation, but if after restart not able to choose OS, then do this:
Fix touchpad / touchscreen problems:
after Ubuntu (12.04 – 12.10, (NOT 14.04)) installed:
Touchpad/touchscreen fix for 14.04:
there is no official fix for the touchpad /touchscreen problem, but this workaround works:
workaround from: https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/linux/+bug/1218973
1. make/make install of hid-rmi
2. Manually run ‘sudo depmod -a’ (wouldn’t find it without this step).
3. Ensure that you can modprobe it and that its found now, if so proceed. No point proceeding unless you get this sorted.
4. Ensure that i2c_hid wasn’t blacklisted and was loading.
5. Create /etc/modprobe.d/hid-rmi.conf as follows (write following into this new file):
install hid_rmi rmmod hid_generic ; modprobe –ignore-install hid_rmi
6. Reboot and make sure all was loading. (If correct both touchscreen will work and touchpad will register correctly under System Settings->Mouse – otherwise touchpad just appears as regular mouse under System Settings->Mouse)
For me, this is perfectly fine and I think an ‘official’ fix will be released for the touchpad problem. Sometimes, the pad freezes, but after going into suspension, it starts working again.
I hope, this was useful. I can fully recommend the system, even if it is quite expensive.
It is finally published:
available as open access.
It was an exciting time working on this project.
now available as open access:
Kraaijeveld K & Bast J 2012. Transposable element proliferation as a possible side effect of endosymbiont manipulations. Mobile Genetic Elements 2: 0–1. LINK
updated the Bioinformatics page…
The bookchapter Ken and I wrote is available
This website is under construction!