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Archives for January, 2009

My garden at home is looking a bit bleak after all the snow, Mendel’s Garden is blooming wonderfully at Jeremy Cherfas’ blog Another Blasted Weblog. Jeremy has prepared a nice collection of perennial favorites. I especially like the story about pea breeding and, if you view the post, there are several interesting pictures of peas.…

Science education faculty don’t get no respect At least that’s a strong conclusion from a paper in the December 19th issue of Science (1). According to the article almost 40% of the 59 science education specialists, surveyed in the California University system, were “seriously considering leaving” their current jobs and some (20%) were considering leaving…

Some of the things that are attracting people to DIY biology are: the idea of doing science with others for fun the possibility of doing something that might be beneficial to society being part of larger movement All of those notions appeal to me and since I’ve been involved with biotech for many years, I…

My oldest daughter’s favorite sweatshirt is one from the Seattle Children’s Theatre Drama School, with the motto, “What’s your motivation?” I was reminded of motivation the other day, as I talked about projects with the DIY biology group. It’s pretty clear that you can’t pick a project without knowing whether you’re motivated by the discovery…

This afternoon, I attended the first meeting of a DIY biology group in Seattle, after a kind invitation from one of the founders.   DIY, for those of you new to the acronym, stands for "Do It Yourself."   But, you say, there are lots of people who do biology on their own. Some people…

The New York Times had a great article a couple of days ago on the need for personalized medicine to become more than a catchy phrase. As we’re learning more about the interaction between genes and drug metabolism, we’re also learning that large numbers of people are either taking the wrong drug or taking drugs…

Mosquito-borne diseases, like Dengue and Malaria, are serious problems in many parts of the world. While some people are working on treatments for mosquito-carried disease, others are looking at ways to treat the mosquitoes. Figure 1. Image of Aedes aegypti from the Public Health Library tags: tropical disease, yellow fever, dengue, insect control, malaria

I made this video last night with a Flip Cam Mino. There are some kind of wild trippy effects. Sometimes it even looks like there’s popcorn shooting out the top of the space needle. It was sure fun! Happy New Year everyone! technorati tags: fireworks, Seattle, New Year’s Eve, Space Needle

The other day, one of my commenters stated that “a well-informed sixth-grader should be able to distinguish between MRSA and E. coli“. Here’s a nutrient agar plate with some of the bacteria that we isolated from a local creek last fall. We identified our bacteria by sequencing the 16S ribosomal DNA, but for various reasons,…