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Theo chocolate is situated in a neighborhood called Fremont, in the city of Seattle, in the former Redhook brewery. I used to consult for Redhook in my microbiology days, when I had access to a -80°C freezer and a proper microscope, so the building has a comfortable feel and some pleasant memories. These days the…

What’s that taste?

This wasn’t in the lab, but it was an accident, and it was funny later on. Normally, I wouldn’t think twice about storing bacterial cultures in a refrigerator. After all, bacteria on a petri plate, inside of a plastic bag, are kind of stuck. They can’t get out of the plates, and even if they…

How do you go about researching a genetic disease? This multi-part series explores how digital resources can be used to learn about Huntingtin’s disease. Reposted and updated from the original DigitalBio. A bit of background Alice’s Restaurant is a movie with an unforgettable song that mostly revolves around Arlo Guthrie hanging out with his friends.…

Reposted from the original Digitalbio. About a decade ago, I took a fascinating summer course at the UW on bioethics. We read about the Nuremburg trials and the Geneva conventions. We learned about horizon problems and eugenics. And we discussed lots of challenging scenarios with genetic testing, autonomy, family relationships, and the problems faced by…

No one in a life science-related industry or research lab, in Western Washington, is safe at this time of year. Surely, you’re joking! No, seriously, there are teachers and science enthusiasts everywhere looking to sign you up! And don’t call me “Shirley.” Sign me up? That’s right, it’s time to prepare for the

Why is an eye, an eye and a nose, a nose? Why do different cells create different kinds of tissues when all the cells in a single organism start out with the same set of instructions (aka DNA)?

Awhile back Chemical & Engineering News published a fascinating article called “The Secret Life of Plant Crystals” with some wonderful photos of calcium oxalate crystals. Special cells (called “idioblasts”) produce these crystals, with shapes that are unique to each type of plant.

White people are mutants

Razib inspired me to share some of the story behind why white people are considered derivatives. Reposted from the Classic Digital Bio. No red herrings, here! Lamason et. al. found a single gene that controls human skin color while studying pigmentation in zebra fish (1).

Modified from the original post. Playing around with molecular structures is one of the more entertaining activities that you can do with digital biology. I’ve become totally entranced with molecular structures, both because they’re a fascinating art form and because every structure has its own story. I learned this because I ended up writing 69…

Reposted and slightly modified from Classic DigitalBio. Some people say that science takes the magic out of everyday life. Not me! I’ve learned some things by reading Science (1) that might give some people nightmares, especially young children. Remember that scene in “The Wizard of Oz” when the trees get ticked off and start hurling…