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Archives for November, 2006

Visualize this!

This is worth taking a look. Go see the 2006 winners in the Nikon Small World Gallery. There are lovely images of the nuclei in a mouse colon, cyanobacteria and a diatom, a fluorescent aquatic worm, a lovely picture of a transgenic tobacco species, a beautiful picture of a sea urchin embryo in metaphase, a…

Neurons in the movies

BioMed Central has gone beyond conventional scientific publishing and started including movie supplements to scientific papers. I saw this one in my e-mail box and couldn’t resist.

How does biomedical research impact you? Have you (or has someone in your family) benefited from vaccinations, pharmaceutical drugs, medical devices, surgery, or transplants? How does biomedical research affect the health of your dog, cat, or other pet? How might biomedical research touch your life in the future? Do you know any middle school students…

I wrote earlier about videos of lab protocols and the benefit these could bring to people who are trying to learn new techniques or perhaps troubleshoot their own. Unfortunately, I suspect that the people who would benefit the most from movies of others doing lab procedures correctly are those who are already pretty observant. Nevertheless,…

You’ve probably heard about enterprising researchers attaching cameras to dolphins, dogs, and other animals, in order to learn how things look from the critter-point of view. Now, some enterprising lab rats have added a new twist to this technique.

Dim Sum, anyone?

I’ve written before about some of the explainable reasons why lab procedures don’t work. I forgot to add that sometimes experiments don’t work because of outside forces that have nothing to do with your technique, inability to do algebra, or poor experimental design. Sometimes, the whole thing is just doomed from the start.

These are the real things that give nightmares to post-docs and graduate students. One thing that you don’t learn, until you either do a research project in a lab or you start graduate school, is that science isn’t really the straightforward cut and dry: we do this step, then we do this step; sort of…