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I don’t write about politics very often nor do I intend to do so in the future. But, time is running out for the Tripoli Six. Imprisoned in 1999, five nurses and one doctor were tortured until they confessed to a horrific crime; infecting over 400 children with the virus that causes AIDS. They later…

Mendel’s garden in Bruno, CZ, may be too far for physical travel, but you can still imagine what Mendel might have thought if he’d gotten a look at this version of his vision. Maybe I‘m taking alliteration a little too far, but that doesn’t mean that you have to show any restraint. All you have…

This may seem strange to anyone who hasn’t lived in Minnesota, but when I was a child, kids in my elementary school used to have fist fights when it came to the question of which famous European discovered America.

Like computers? Like biology? Want to find a way to combine the two worlds? Bio::Blogs, a carnival at the intersection of biology, computing, and math, will be hosted here October 1st. For those of you who are wondering what this all means, it means that on Sunday, I will post a collection of links to…

TV for teachers

“And it’s a hard, and it’s a hard, it’s a hard, and it’s a hard, And it’s a hard rain’s a-gonna fall. ” – BoB Dylan Tired of Simpson reruns and the exploits of Friends? [From the WSTA] NOVA is broadcasting an entire series of shows on hurricanes, Katrina, and what the experts predicted would…

Do you ever imagine the presidential advisors doing the Basil Fawlty silly walk, looking crazed and confused, and quoting John Cleese whenever there’s been a bad day in the Middle East? I do. And this mental picture makes me think the title of Chris Mooney‘s book (The Republican War on Science) will surely keep it…

or, better yet, enjoy the fine selection of summer carnivals.

August is the time when gardens look their best. Fruit becomes showy, flowers abound, and plants are large and plentiful. Mendel’s Garden #4, currently blooming at The Inoculated Mind, is no exception. Evolgen pointed this out, so I had to go take a look. I enjoyed this trip through the experimental garden at UC Davis.…

Bio::Blogs#2 is been out for a few days but it’s certainly not out of interesting ideas and things to read. There is some interesting stuff about Brisbane. Queensland looks like a lovely place and much different than my mental images of Australia. Sorry, but when I picture Australia, I get a strange image of a…

One of my favorite experiments, in our biotech program at Seattle Central Community College, was when my students sequenced promoters that they had cloned from E. coli . I liked this activity because it pulled lots of pieces together and allowed the students to connect the dots between the DNA sequences that regulate gene expression,…