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Last summer, I had the good fortune to attend a conference in Washington D.C. on Vision and Change in Undergraduate Biology education. There were lots of inspiring speeches, cool videos, and talks about building more student-centered classrooms and strategies for change. Surprisingly, many of the attendees seemed unaware that there is a group of instructors,…

Every June, an incredible event takes place. Biotechnology educators gather in Berkeley, California, from across the US, to discuss new trends in biotechnology education, learn from each other and share information about educating students for the biotechnology workforce. There are tours of local biotech companies like Genentech and local research institutes like the cancer center…

This morning I attended the Fifth Annual WBBA Governor’s Life Sciences Summit. The breakfast was great; the talks were okay.  I do enjoy the stories about people who’s lives were saved because of biotechnology and I agree that the focus of the summit, research and discovery are important, but I can’t help thinking about the…

This summer, I had the good fortune to attend three (or was it four?) conferences on science education. One of the most inspirational conferences was one on Vision and Change in Biology Education. This conference was co-sponsored by the National Science Foundation and the AAAS. It was a call to action for biology educators and…

Last spring, I gave my first hands-on workshop in working with Next Generation Sequencing data at the Eighth Annual UT-ORNL-KBRIN Bioinformatics Summit at Fall Creek Falls State Park in Tennessee. The proceedings from that conference are now on-line at BMC Bioinformatics and it’s fun to look back and reflect on all that I learned at…

Liveblogging from the Hi-Tec conference I’m currently at the Hi-Tec conference in Scottsdale, Arizona. (If you follow me on Twitter – www.twitter.com/@digitalbio – you may have seen me complaining about the temperature). It’s an interesting conference, so I’m going to share some of the things that I’m learning. Dr. Travis Benanti and Dr. Steve Fonash…

We had a great discussion in the comments yesterday after I published my NJ trees from some of the flu sequences. If I list all the wonderful pieces of advice that readers shared, I wouldn’t have any time to do the searches, but there are a few that I want to mention before getting down…

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.

A long-sought goal in genetics has been to develop therapies that can use correctly functioning genes to replace genes with defects. If we had the technology to predictably modify our genomes, we would have the ability to cure many diseases instead of having to place people on medications for their entire lives. For a long…

The HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology is a non-profit organization that opened it’s doors in April, 2008. One of the great things about this institute is it’s commitment to sharing biotech knowledge with the surrounding community. For the general public, HudsonAlpha has a ongoing written series on biology topics called Biotech 101. Teachers will probably find…