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Alastair F. Brown

(Al Brown)

"Web users ultimately want to get at data quickly and easily. They don't care as much about attractive sites and pretty design." Tim Berners-Lee




Originally a cell and molecular biologist working on cell behaviour and cell motility at the MRC Cell Biophysics Unit in London, I became involved with computers as a means to analyse complex data sets, which led to me leaving "wet" biology behind and moving into the world of computing and bioinformatics at the MRC Human Genetics Unit.

Recent Involvement

I left the Medical Research Council in 2013, but remained involved with biomedical science in two ways:

Human Genome Variation Society

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I am a Founding Council member of the Human Genome Variation Society (HGVS), and sat on the Council since the Society's creation in 2001 at the San Diego meeting of the American Society of Human Genetics (ASHG). I retired from the Council in 2019.

Human Mutation

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Until June 2018 I sat on the Editorial Board of the peer-reviewed scientific journal Human Mutation (Wiley-Blackwell), primarily dealing with manuscripts on databases and informatics.


List of publications - may not be complete.