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Archives for July, 2007

BLAST is a collection of programs that are used to compare sequences (DNA, RNA, or protein) to larger collections of sequences that are stored in databases. I’ve used BLAST as a teaching tool for many years, partly because it’s become a standard tool for biological work and partly because it’s very good at illustrating evolutionary…

At the Seattle Art Museum’s new sculpture garden, we can read all the signs.

Professor Steve Steve, recently accused of consorting with a certain Washington madam came clean today with an alibi that he claims, proves the allegations are nothing more than malicious lies. Dr. Steve insists that he was at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center doing experiments with teachers! And he has the photos to prove it!

Although, I didn’t believe it when I first saw it. With all the years that I’ve heard (or taught) that all DNA is antiparallel, it was hard to believe my eyes. Yet here is parallel DNA, with both strands oriented in the same direction, right here on your monitor. And the commenters were correct. tags:…

By now, many of you have probably seen the the new BLAST web interface at the NCBI. There are many good things that I can say about it, but there are a few others that caught me by surprise during my last couple of classes. tags: blast, BLAST tutorial, science education

What do people in biotechnology do on the job? What can students do with a science degree once they’ve finished college? Some answers can be found at the “Life Sciences Central web site. Created by the Workforce Development Council of Seattle-King County, this is a wonderful resource for anyone who’s considering biotechnology for a potential…

A DNA puzzle

Okay, all of you biochemists and molecular biology types. I have a puzzle for you that I found by accident during a lecture. Yes, I was the one lecturing and the notes will be posted soon. In the meantime, here’s your puzzle: What’s unusual about this pair of bases? tags: DNA structure, DNA , molecular…

Gadget Lust

It was only a couple of weeks ago but it seems like years. I had spent a month learning how to use most of the features on my shiny new phone and we were in Alaska using Google maps to find our way around Fairbanks. My thumbs were getting sore, but so what? I could…