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Archives for April, 2009

Usually, I’m kind of a hermit, but I heard there would be Bacon and so, I’m going to leave the house next Weds, night and attend a science blogging event at the University of Washington. I think it will be fun. Not only will there be Bacon, there will be pizza and other bloggers, who…

A couple of years ago, I answered a reader’s question about the cost of genome sequencing. One of my readers had asked why the cost of sequencing a human genome was so high. At that time, I used some of the prices advertised by core labs on the web and the reported coverage to estimate…

That’s how new life forms are created every day in the wild, folks. Human researchers of course have added a few twists on the theme. If we can’t induce bacteria or animal cells to collect new bits of DNA on their own, we turn to electroshock therapy. With plants…. aw heck, we just shoot them.…

This is a video that a friend made that shows, very clearly, how to pour an agarose gel, load the samples and run it. I especially like the way he used a bit of time lapse photography to show the dyes separating as the gel ran.

“Yo, you regulate it’s genes” The English makes me cringe, but I love the idea. Tom McFadden, an associate instructor at Stanford, has made a series of Biology rap videos and posted them on YouTube. Yo, check it out.

We saw it this morning while walking the dog.