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Archives for October, 2006

Your doggie on drugs

Is your precious pup spending an unusual amount of time time hanging around by the pond? Is poochy looking a little green around the gills? Does fido seem a little feeble? My friend you’ve got trouble. Trouble with a capital “T”. What’s the canine equivalent to catnip?

Reposted from the original Digitalbio. About a decade ago, I took a fascinating summer course at the UW on bioethics. We read about the Nuremburg trials and the Geneva conventions. We learned about horizon problems and eugenics. And we discussed lots of challenging scenarios with genetic testing, autonomy, family relationships, and the problems faced by…

I don’t write about politics very often nor do I intend to do so in the future. But, time is running out for the Tripoli Six. Imprisoned in 1999, five nurses and one doctor were tortured until they confessed to a horrific crime; infecting over 400 children with the virus that causes AIDS. They later…

Welcome to the October 15, 2006 edition of Mendel’s Garden. Join me as we walk through the fields and admire the harvest.

Yikes, I’ve spilled some DHMO on my hands! What do I do now? Do you know the truth about DHMO? Look at this web site and tell me if you still want to go swimming.

In last week’s episode, your assignment was to think of an interesting plant trait and find a description about a gene, related to that trait, by searching PubMed.

When does a little artistic license go a little too far? We don’t always expect the truth in science journalism imagery. We’ve all seen the newspaper pictures of the famous scientist wearing a lab coat and gazing intently at a gel, looking through a microscope, or contemplating an agar plate streaked with lovely colonies of…

No one in a life science-related industry or research lab, in Western Washington, is safe at this time of year. Surely, you’re joking! No, seriously, there are teachers and science enthusiasts everywhere looking to sign you up! And don’t call me “Shirley.” Sign me up? That’s right, it’s time to prepare for the

Why is an eye, an eye and a nose, a nose? Why do different cells create different kinds of tissues when all the cells in a single organism start out with the same set of instructions (aka DNA)?

Mendel’s garden in Bruno, CZ, may be too far for physical travel, but you can still imagine what Mendel might have thought if he’d gotten a look at this version of his vision. Maybe I‘m taking alliteration a little too far, but that doesn’t mean that you have to show any restraint. All you have…