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Archives for August, 2007

Thanks to Steven Colbert you can hear about DNA directly from Dr. Spencer Wells from the National Genographic Project. I read about this video in the GenomeWeb Daily Scan and had to check it out. Who would have thought scientists could be so funny?

Sometimes asking a question can be a mistake. Especially when your question leads to more questions and having to question things that you didn’t want to question, and pretty soon you begin to regret ever opening the file and looking at the data and asking the question in the first place. Sigh. Take a deep…

Yes, you can! Really, I thought this was going to be more challenging, but the nice folks at the NCBI have made a special personal genomics FTP site. You can also get Craig Venter’s genome, and maybe even do some comparative genomics and see if one has a few deletions. After all, don’t you want…

What do you do when base-callers disagree? Okay DNA sequencing community, I want your help with this one. One of these sequences was called by phred and the other by the ABI KB base calling program. Which one should I believe? tags: DNA sequencing, DNA , base-calling programs

Here’s a lovely DNA structure from our friend, human immunodeficiency virus I. I especially like the way that two heart-like shapes appear in the structure. tags: DNA structure, DNA , molecular structure, biochemistry

I found that one of the most challenging things in moving from an academic institution to a software company was getting used to the difference between software engineers and biologists. Now at last, we biologists can start to understand the mysterious ways of software engineers with this helpful reference from Silicon Glen. Although, maybe we…

Biologist 1: How many physicists does it take to write a research paper?

Some maggots have gotten good press lately because of their helpful ability to clean out wounds by consuming dead tissue. Screwworms however; also known as Cochliomyia hominivorax, will never be welcomed in an operating room or anywhere else. USDA Agricultural Research Service These are the creatures of nightmares. During part of their lives, they live…

In this, and the next post in this series, I want to answer some of the questions that came up in the comments. One of the commenters on part II wrote that: For most academic biology groups, however, being a bioinformatics specialist is a dead end job! People in these roles may or may not…

It could be geosmin.