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Archives for January, 2007

GenomeWeb reports that OKCC and the University of Utah’s Genetic Science Learning Center received NIH funds for genomics and bioinformatics education projects, respectively. Congratulations are certainly due to the University of Utah. For a community college, on the other hand, to get NIH funding is very unusual and OKCC should be commended. From GenomeWeb: The…

I’m tempted to joke and say “Recruit hotter guys?” but that would be just as wrong as Razib’s charming notion of what cute women read for fun or our uncertain physicist’s misconception that there’s nothing that he can do to improve the situation for female students at his small college. Of course our physicist friend…

The wind storms and heavy rains that hit Seattle recently, demonstrated why a bypass mechanism can be a helpful thing – for both bacteria and motorists. Under the bridge on Mercer, from the Seattle Times

Tangled Bank #70

You can spend all day staring at irreducibly complex patterns in the sand (wow! it’s a pattern! Evidence for intelligent design? Or created by random acts of water?). Or, you can do something even more fun and enjoy a treat at Tangled Bank #70. As they say in Spain, Viva La Evolución!

This is the fifth part of a multipart series on antibiotic resistance in bacteria. The previous installments: 1. A primer on antibiotic resistance: an introduction to the question of antibiotic resistance. 2. Natural vs. synthetic drugs: what is the difference between an antibiotics and synthetic drugs. 3. How do antibiotics kill bacteria? a general discussion…

After reading Kevin C.’s question in the comments on my last antibiotic post, I decided to look into this question a bit further. As far as I can tell, most of the commercially producted antibiotics are made by bacteria, fungi, and a bit chemistry (more on that in a moment). It appears, however, that compounds…

It’s been quite a year since I joined ScienceBlogs in June and there’ve been many interesting things to write about. Here’s a sampling of your favorites (and some of mine) from month to month.

When computers first entered the mainstream, it was common to hear them getting blamed for everything. Did you miss a bank statement? that darned computer! Miss a phone call? – again the computer! The latest issue of Science had a new twist on this old story. Now, instead of a researcher failing to take responsibility…