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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.

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…

The grocery store magazine covers all say that home made gifts are big this year. So I thought, some of you might like to channel your inner Martha Stewart and make gifts with a science theme. Reposted in honor of the holiday and the economy. I’m here to help to you make a merry mug…

I just love this title! It’s nerdy and cute, all at the same time. I read about this in www.researchblogging.org and had to check out the paper and blog write up from The Beagle Project (BTW: some of you may be interested in knowing that The Beagle Project is not a blog about dogs.)

Ebola virus has impressed me as creepy ever since I read “

There’s no question that the ability to work with information is one that will be required and valued for a long time to come. I think it’s imperative for teachers to have students practice this skill whenever an opportunity comes about. The problem for many teachers is finding the time to identify good data sets.…

If you’re going to create a new life form (even if it’s only digital), Sunday Saturday seems like the best day to give it a try. Reposted from an earlier year.

It was a wet and rainy day yesterday, and we have a dissecting microscope, so I decided to see if I could find some tardigrades. Tardigrade photo by nebarnix Reposted from Nov. 2006

This quarter, I’m using a wiki with my bioinformatics class and posting sometimes about the things that I learn. Two things I’ve been experimenting with are: Setting up pages for individual students so they can take notes while they’re working. Embedding a Google form into one of my wiki pages for student assessment.

Want to learn more about Parkinson’s disease? See why a single nucleotide mutation messes up the function of a protein? I have a short activity that uses Cn3D (a molecular viewing program from the NCBI) to look at a protein that seems to be involved in a rare form of Parkinson’s disease and I could…