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Archives for December, 2007

If you look below the fold, you can see two molecules locked in a tight embrace. These molecules or their closely related cousins can be found in any cell because their ability to evolve is slowed by their need to interact with each other in the right way. In an earlier post, I asked: Who…

Genetics textbooks abound with stories of European royalty and the hazards of having children after you’ve married one of your cousins. It struck me as an interesting parallel that the lion is such a popular symbol in so many royal coats of arms. Like the royal families of Europe, certain lion populations have also suffered…

What’s that taste?

This wasn’t in the lab, but it was an accident, and it was funny later on. Normally, I wouldn’t think twice about storing bacterial cultures in a refrigerator. After all, bacteria on a petri plate, inside of a plastic bag, are kind of stuck. They can’t get out of the plates, and even if they…

You’re not likely to see the Twisted Chipmunk Christmas Song on the big screen this weekend. But, if you liked White Trash Christmas, you’ll enjoy this irreverent holiday video. From the Seattle animators, formerly known as ToonedIn, now Global Wonder Entertainment.

White Trash Christmas. This is the perfect antidote to the Frosty, Rudolph, and The Little Drummer Boy overdose. From the Seattle animators, formerly known as ToonedIn, now Global Wonder Entertainment.

You can get a jump on the Darwin Day festivities. Once again the Alliance for Science is sponsoring an essay contest for Darwin Day. If you download their suggestions for good essay writing, you can get your essay done over winter break and have a good crack at winning on those cash prizes! The Alliance…

In which we’re reminded that database searches are experiments, too. One of the trickiest things with bioinformatics experiments is repeating them. This challenge isn’t related to the validity of the original results, the challenge is that, unless you made your own database and kept it in the same state, the database that you’ll be using…

How do you go about researching a genetic disease? This multi-part series explores how digital resources can be used to learn about Huntingtin’s disease. Reposted and updated from the original DigitalBio. A bit of background Alice’s Restaurant is a movie with an unforgettable song that mostly revolves around Arlo Guthrie hanging out with his friends.…

No, you can’t have a glow-in-the-dark kitty. But never fear, the SciBlings and I have other ideas for holiday gifts.

Maybe there’s something a little bit odd about having a gingerbread construction contest to raise funds for researching juvenile diabetes. Maybe these gingerbread houses aren’t environmentally proper or particularly sustainable. But they are impressive. If you’re in Seattle over the holidays, you can see them at the Sheraton Hotel until Jan 2nd and even help…