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Archives for July, 2007

I don’t usually blog about work for wide variety of reasons. But, last week, since I wanted to write about bioinformatics software companies, I broke with tradition and wrote about Geospiza as an example. Naturally, I got some feedback about this. Some people liked it, but one of the most opinionated people said that I…

Amateur astronomers unite! The pros want your help! image from Astronomy Picture of the Day, Credit: NASA, ESA, A. Aloisi (STScI / ESA), Hubble Heritage (STScI / AURA) – ESA/Hubble Collaboration I learned about this from the Washington Science Teachers Assocation. Galaxy Zoo and the Sloan Digital Sky Survey are looking for your help in…

If you’re in Seattle this week, and you’re not going to the zoo concert on Wednesday night, you might enjoy this lecture series from the UW Genome Sciences department. We missed the first two talks because of travel, but our college-age daughter and her friend persuaded us to go last Weds. and hear Debbie Nickerson…

In academic biology, scientific publications are a serious thing. People battle over positions in the author list and debate endlessly over who should be on the paper and who should not. The funny thing is that sometimes we think that our rules and standards apply to other fields of science and assume that our conventions…

I’ve had some requests for some more molecular puzzles since the last one that I posted (see A DNA puzzle ). One person liked it so much he even blogged about it. So, here’s one for you to chew on over the weekend. This puzzle is a variation of an activity in Exploring DNA Structure,…

Not content with his recent exploits in human experimentation and cavorting with Plosites in San Francisco, Professor Steve Steve jetted across the country once again, last week, hitting both both Blacksburg, VA and Seattle, WA, and creating pandemonium wherever he went. And raising the question – how does he get back and forth across the…

What do people do in bioinformatics software companies? tags: biotechnology careers, biotechnology, career+descriptions, bioinformatics

Last week I found a bug in the new NCBI BLAST interface. Of course, I reported it to the NCBI help desk so it will probably get fixed sometime soon. But it occurred to me, especially after seeing people joke about whether computer science is really a science or not, that it might surprise people…

If you missed reading some of the comments on yesterday’s post, I highly recommend that you go back and catch up. I especially want you all to pay close attention to the comments from Deepak and Keith Robison. Like me, they work in industry and not in an ivory tower. Unlike me, they actually work…

I had an enlightening experience recently, after I wrote some bioinformatics activities, under contract, for a community college. At the end of the project, the person at the college asked me if the activities were anything like the things that a “bioinformatics technician” would do on the job. tags: biotechnology careers, biotechnology, career+descriptions, bioinformatics