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Archives for February, 2007

Are viral and fungal infections always a bad thing? Maybe not if you’re a plant. In fact, if you’re a plant trying to grow in the hot (65°; C) soils of Yellowstone National Park, you’re going to need all the help you can get.

How to win the X PRIZE in genomics In October, 2006, the X PRIZE foundation announced that second X prize would focus on genomics. The first team to successfully sequence 100 human genomes in 10 days will win $10 million dollars. And I would venture to guess, that the winning team would also win in…

`When I make a word do a lot of work like that,’ said Humpty Dumpty, `I always pay it extra.’ -Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll In biology, we often ask our words do a lot of work. In what other field would we write direction like this “Transfer 10 lambda of lambda phage…

Vizzini: He didn’t fall? Inconceivable! Inigio: You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means. – William Goldman, The Princess Bride Excuse me while I temporarily interrupt the genome sequencing series to define a word.

BioHacking is not listing in Wikipedia but it can still be found in the blogosphere. In Bio::Blogs 7, Paraschopra muses about biomathematics, synthetic biology, conferences, and bioinformatics entrepeneurship in in India. He must have seen the news about Accelrys shutting down their R&D shop in Bangalore, India.

To the ancient Greeks, a chimera was a kind of monster, with the body of a goat, the tail of a dragon, and a lion’s head. To geneticists, a chimera can be an animal that’s derived from two embryos, such as a transgenic mouse. Or if the organism is a plant, it can be a…