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Archives for September, 2007

Bertalan Meskó shares his strategies for keeping up and gives instructions so you can do the same. He shows how you can save your favorite PubMed searches and have NCBI send you e-mails about new papers. He describes some third party PubMed tools that make pretty graphs. Last, he discusses RSS readers, Connotea, and BioWizard.…

During the past few Fridays (or least here and here), we’ve been looking at a paper that was published from China with some ?-lactamase sequences that were supposedly from Streptococcus pneumoniae. The amazing thing about these particular sequences is that ?-lactamase has never been seen in S. pneumoniae before, making this a rather significant (and…

Yes, indeed. I got the Red Hot blog of the Day award from RedOrbit. Not for science, though; it’s for showing why genome sequencing is expensive. Sigh.

One of my readers asked: Why does genome sequencing cost so much? My short answer is because it’s big. But I thought it would be fun to give a better answer to this question, especially since I’m sure many of you are wondering the same thing. Okay, so let’s do some math. Don’t worry, this…

If you’ve read any of the many stories lately about Craig Venter or Jim Watson’s genome, you’ve probably seen a “SNP” appear somewhere. (If you haven’t read any of the stories, CNN has one here, and my fellow bloggers have posted several here, here, here, here, here, and here.) You may be wondering, and rightly…

We were all thrilled last spring when the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act passed the House by a vote of 420 to 3. When GINA gets through the Senate, this act will protect individuals against discrimination based on their genetic information with health insurance and employment. The promise of genomic project won’t ever be achieved until…

“Come quickly, Watson,” said Sherlock Holmes, “I’ve been asked to review a mysterious sequence, whose importance I’m only now beginning to comprehend.” The unidentified stranger handed Holmes a piece of paper inscribed with symbols and said it was a map of unparalleled value.

The Capitol Hill Seattle blog has a great set of lunar eclipse photos on flickr.