Coming Soon: The Digital Cell

Long-time readers might remember the short-lived series on quantixed called The Digital Cell. There is a reason why I stopped these posts, which I can now reveal… The Digital Cell will soon be a book!

Published by Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press, The Digital Cell is a handbook to help cell and developmental biologists get to grips with programming, image analysis, statistics and much more. As I wrote in the very first Digital Cell post here on quantixed:

[computer-based methods] have now permeated mainstream […] cell biology to such an extent that any groups that want to do cell biology in the future have to adapt in order to survive.

The book is aimed at helping researchers adapt. At the start of the book I write:

The aim of this book is to equip cell biologists for this change: to become digital cell biologists. Maybe you are a new student starting your first cell biology project. This book is designed to help you. Perhaps you are working in cell biology already but you didn’t have much previous exposure to computer science, maths and statistics. This book will get you started. Maybe you are a seasoned cell biologist. You read the latest papers and wonder how you could apply those quantitative approaches in your lab. You may even have digital cell biologists in your group already and want to know how they think and how you can best support them.

The Digital Cell

The first proofs are due next week and we are hoping to publish the book in the fall.

Please consider this a teaser. I plan to write some more posts on the process of writing the book and to preview some more content.

The post title comes from “Coming Soon” by Queen from “The Game” LP.

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