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Archives for May, 2008

Workforce shortages are a growing problem in the biotech industry. Communities are concerned that a lack of trained workers will either keep companies away or cause companies to move. If companies do have to move, it’s likely those jobs might be lost forever, never to return. According to Robert Reich, former U.S. secretary of labor,…

Dave Robinson and Joann Lau from Bellarmine College in Kentucky are going to be describing their student project in a free webinar next Friday, May 16th. Their students clone GAPDH (Glyceraldehyde 3-Phosphate Dehydrogenase) genes from new plants, assemble the DNA sequences, and submit them to the NCBI. Here’s an example. Plus, since GAPDH is a…

Community colleges are such extraordinary places that even California’s governor, Arnold Schwarzenegger credits his time at Santa Monica community college as one of the secrets to his success. From the SF Chronicle: “People always ask me ‘What is the secret of your success?’ ” he said Tuesday. “I always say, ‘Come to America. Go to…

Good news! Good news! Last week the Senate passed the Genetic Nondiscrimination Act (GINA). This week it was passed by the House. It only needs one signature and GINA will become law. For years, those of us who teach genetics have had to caution students about genetic testing. The biggest reason was the fear that…

Yesterday morning I was sitting at conference table, downing coffee to keep my eyes open, when I heard someone say that it’s springtime now and the snakes are waking up. Well, those kinds of statements at the breakfast table do have a way of getting my attention.

APRIL was so much fun, that I thought I should find a molecule for May. I searched both the Gene database, the structure database, everywhere, without any luck. Finally, I decided to change the search and use the date instead of the name of the month. And here we have it, straight from PubChem. A…