hit counter joomla

Archives for January, 2007

Imagine yourself curled up and cozy, a glass of wine (or pop) in your hand, a blazing fire, and a wonderfully entertaining book in your hand. Hmmmm. What are you reading? Oh, of course! It’s the open laboratory edited by our very own Science Blogger, Bora Zivkovic, who really does seem to (a) Blog Around…

The American Society for Human Genetics is sponsoring the second annual DNA Day Essay contest. If you are a high school teacher here’s your chance to combine an interesting assignment along with a contest. This year’s essay questions are: If you could be a human genetics researcher, what would you study and why? In what…

Ask Dr. Science!

Are there scientific terms or concepts that you’d like to know more about? Looking for a bit more of an explanation? Confused about the difference between DNA and RNA?

The bioinformatics classes that I teach use web services and web sites as much as possible, but I still find that it’s helpful to have programs on our classroom computers. Here is a list of my favorite desktop programs for those of you who might want to add some bioinformatics activities to your biology courses.

Snow Day!

I was frantically getting ready for class when I happened to glance out the window. What did I see? Big fluffy white flakes rapidly falling from above. You can’t say we weren’t warned. The newspapers have been predicting snow since Monday. It’s just, well, unusual. And Seattle is never prepared to deal with it. Even…

It’s true. Chimeras are out and walking among us. These aren’t quite the chimeras that RPM is obsessed with, but they’re certainly bothersome to some. From Genome Technology Online, we have a report that James Derr, at Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine, wants to sequence the genome from a real buffalo, but those buffalo…

There’s nothing like the first day of class to make you appreciate the difference between the equipment you end up using at schools and the equipment that you get to use on the job. For the month of January, I’m teaching a night class in bioinformatics at a local community college. We’re introducing lots of…

Our goal for this course (BioSci256) is to introduce you to some of the tools and databases that are widely-used in bioinformatics and give you lots of hands-on practice in using these tools to look at some questions in biology. Since many of you are either studying biotechnology or working in a health-related field, we…

Decan Butler, the Reveres, and Nature have written that verdict is in. The scientific evidence has been shunted aside. The nurses and doctor who traveled to Tripoli on a humanitarian mission have been sentenced to death. There is still a chance, but it seems to be slim.

My dog has an interesting (okay, disgusting!) habit of rolling in the smelliest stuff she can find when we go on walks. Everything that I’ve read about dogs – and this probably includes fiction – explains her behavior as “the dog is hiding her scent.” I know it seems odd that my dog rolling in…