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Archives for March, 2009

If you haven’t seen these, check out Jake Young’s collection of videos showing T cells getting infected by HIV. The best one is at the bottom of the post.

A few weeks ago I heard a story from a friend in Oklahoma. She works with high school science teachers, helping them learn how to add biotechnology to their courses. One teacher, in particular, has taken the new science activities to heart. Her students did so well, they won a science competition and were asked…

Watching the chIPs roll in, then I watch them roll away again, I’m just sitting on the DNA, wasting time (sung to the tune of “Sitting on the dock of the bay” by Otis Redding) Hesselberth et.al. recently published a paper about digital genomic footprinting that blew me away because it has so much potential.…

The NIH has some extra money to fund summer research for students and teachers. Check it out!

I don’t usually publish press releases, but I’m making an exception for this one, since your’s truly is one of the Co-PI’s. If you’re a teacher within commuting distance of Seattle, the schedule and sign up information is here. NSF AWARDS $1.3 MILLION TO NWABR FOR BIOINFORMATICS EDUCATION Innovative Technology Experiences for Students and Teachers…

In which we identify unknown human proteins.

In which we search for Elvis, using blastp, and find out how old we would have to be to see Elvis in a Las Vegas club.

For the past few months, the shake-up that began with Next Generation DNA Sequencing has been forcing me to adjust to a whole new view of things going on inside of a cell. We’ve been learning things these past two years that are completely changing our understanding of the genome and how it works and…

What do the missing Romanov children, genetically engineered humans, financial risk taking, and poop have in common? You can read about all these topics from this month’s Gene Genie carnival at Mary Meets Dolly. Who would have thought that mutations could be so much fun?

Cofactor Genomics is offering to sequence a genome for a few classes for free using Next Generation DNA Sequencing technology (either Illumina GA or via AB SOLiD). Quoting from their site: Cofactor will ask course organizers for a 1 page description of how their ~700Mb sequencing project could be used as an effective teaching aid…