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Archives for October, 2008

I’ve heard that all cats are grey in the dark, but I guess that’s no longer true in New Orleans. Scientists at the Audubon Center for Research of Endangered Species have made a cloned kitty that glows lime green. Some of you already know my fascination with glowing fish, fluorescent cats, and cloned puppies. This…

Maybe you did it for the extra cash. Maybe you wanted to be part of the sperm cube public art project. Whatever the reason, it’s possible, just possible, your sperm took on a life of it’s own, once you left it. And now that a genome is no longer an entirely personal bit of information,…

What happens when a group of streptococci stick to cells in your throat and start to make toxins? Your body fights back by making clones. The animated video, Fighting Infection by Clonal Selection, from Etsuko Uno and Drew Berry is so good that if I didn’t know better, I would almost think it’s really capturing…

Yes, that’s right, another Medicine 2.0 blog carnival has been posted for your enjoyment. And the host, Ivor Kovic, has done an amazingly creative and interesting thing with images from all the past hosting places…, and well, you just need to go see it yourself.

Sometimes I’m thankful for all extra restrictions on air travel that got imposed after 9/11. Not the ones involving personal searches, taking your shoes off, or putting all your liquids in plastic bags, but I do like having to arrive at the airport 2 hours ahead of any scheduled trip. The reason is that I’m…

I used to get e-mails from relatives that were filled with cute pictures of kittens and puppies. It’s luck they didn’t know about this site: http://www.zooborns.com/ These are the some of the absolutely cutest baby pictures I have ever seen! I hear Raffi songs in my head when I look at these (can you sing…

The Galápagos islands rank high on my list of places that I really, really, really want to visit. But for many reasons, it’s always looked like a trip to the Galápagos would be at least a decade or two away. Now, I’ll be able to go in January and so will all of you.

Every year students in the Puget Sound area gather together at the Biotech Expo to celebrate the life sciences and compete for prizes. Although their projects are diverse in nature, they compete in categories like research, art, journalism, drama, music, and others, all the students learn about science as part of their work. You can…

Like many people I know, I suffer from allergies, and sometimes asthma. I take drugs to control the symptoms, but they don’t cure the condition. Plus, I know there can be side effects that might not be so pleasant. This is why I like hearing about sequencing projects that target the VDJ-ome. I have this…

Last week, while attending the ISB “DNA of Innovation” symposium in honor of Lee Hood’s 70th birthday, I decided to try live-blogging for the first time. Unbeknownst to others in the audience, except my husband, I quietly typed away, collecting notes and uploading impressions. But battery power has its limits, even when I have more…