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Archives for May, 2008

For aspiring technicians, who live in the right parts of the country, biotech jobs are out there and waiting. But what if you don’t want to be a technician? Or what if you’re in graduate school, in a post-doc, or have a Ph.D. and simply want to do something else? Where do you begin? How…

I got my copy of “A short guide to the human genome” by Stewart Scherer today from Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press (2008, ISBN 978-087969791-4). Usually, I would wait until after I’ve read a book to write a review, but this book doesn’t require that kind of study. As soon I skimmed through it and…

RFLP is an acronym that stands for “Restriction Fragment Length Polymorphism.” That’s quite a mouthful and once you’ve said this phrase a few times, you realize why we use the initials instead. I know a Restriction Fragment Length Polymorphism sounds like something that must be impossibly complicated to understand, but if we take the name…

“Why won’t biotech companies hire people with Ph.D.s to be technicians?” “I already have a Ph.D., how do I find a job?” These were some of the questions that commenters left after my earlier posts (here, here and here) on biotechnology workforce shortages. Unfortunately, for these students and post-docs, the shortfall of employees in the…

After leading the Human Genome Project and the National Human Genome Research Institute at the NIH for many years, Francis Collins is retiring. No matter what you think of Francis Collins, he’s been successful in getting the genome project done and he’s done some amazing things during the 15 years that he’s headed NHGRI. My…

On-line courses were a still a new phenomenon when I was teaching full-time. Our school was pretty gung-ho about on-line education but many instructors were skeptical, some were still lamenting having to learn how to use a computer and losing the services that used to be provided by departmental secretaries. Other instructors simply distrusted the…

Where have all the flowers gone? Long time passing Where do all the flowers gone? Long time ago Where do all the flowers gone? Young girls picked them everyone, When will they ever learn? When will they ever learn? – Pete Seeger Where do graduate students and post-docs go when they decide it’s time to…

In part I, I wrote about the shortage of technicians in the biotechnology industry and the general awareness that this problem is getting worse. This part will address the challenge of getting more students into programs that will prepare them for jobs in the biotech field. I’ve also been asked to write a bit more…

Students, teachers and scientists converge tommorrow morning from all around the Puget Sound region and elsewhere in Washington to share their experiences and talk about science. The students will present posters, science-themed music, art, drama, and many different types of projects that involved first-hand research and investigation. Scientists from the local biotech companies and research…

On June 1st, I’ll be hosting the next edition of Medicine 2.0, a carnival devoted to exploring the impacts of web 2.0 technologies on medicine and medical practice. All topics that consider the impacts of web 2.0 on medicine and healthcare are fair game. Are you talking with doctors about sexually transmitted diseases in Second…