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Archives for March, 2008

We used to love watching him blow stuff up on TV. But things are different now…. GrrlScientist has the movie.

Our new Scibling, Jane, is a real life computer scientist. If you’ve ever wondered what computer scientists really do during the day, Jane will set you straight (I guess they’re not playing Nintendo. Darn! Another illusion shattered, just like that.)

If you’re old enough or you’ve taken microbiology, there’s a chance that sometime in your life you heard of Legionaire’s disease. This disease was caused a bacteria that inhabited the air conditioners in a hotel where several veterans held a conference. Naturally, it was the microbiologists who collected samples of the bacteria and figured out…

I made this video (below the fold) to illustrate the steps involved in making a phylogenetic tree. The basic steps are to: Build a data set Align the sequences Make a tree In the class that I’m teaching, we’re making these trees in order to compare sequences from our metagenomics experiment with the multiple copies…

Believe it or not, there is the remote possibility that I may get to have some influence in getting a web application built, that I can use in teaching, that will do something that I want. Unfortunately, I know very little about the relative merits of AJAX/JavaScript vs. Flash vs. a custom C++ plug-in, that…

How to use Cn3D

Have you ever wondered how to view and annotate molecular structures? At least digital versions? It’s surprisingly easy and lots of fun. Here’s a movie I made that demonstrates how you can use Cn3D, a free structure-viewing program from the NCBI. Luckily, Cn3D behaves almost the same way on both Windows and Mac OS X.…

The University of Virginia does. They survey students every year to find out what they’re up to tech-wise. Apparently 99% of their first year students own computers. And, a large majority of those computers are laptops (3058/3113 or 98%). And, what’s on those laptops? Let’s have a drum roll:

Bio-Link is accepting applications for this year’s National Summer Fellows forum, June 2-6th, in Berkeley, CA. You can get an application at www.bio-link.org I’ll be there, doing some kind of bioinformatics workshop. I’ll probably be talking about either metagenomics or comparing protein structures and drug resistance, but if you have topic requests, feel free to…

One of my colleagues has a two part series on FinchTalk (starting today) that discusses uncertainty in measurement and what that uncertainty means for the present and Next Generation DNA sequencing technologies. I’ve been running into this uncertainty myself lately.

Things move off of our entry page pretty quick sometimes. If you missed this post from Bioephemera, go take a look. She has great pictures and a fascinating story about one Seattle’s favorite places.