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Microbiology

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I think all of us; me, the students the OO advocates, a thoughtful group of commenters, some instructors; I think many of us learned some things that we didn’t anticipate the other day and got some interesting glimpses into the ways that other people view and interact with their computers. Some of the people who…

Okay OpenOffice fans, show me what you can do. Earlier this week, I wrote about my challenges with a bug in Microsoft Excel that only appears on Windows computers. Since I use a Mac, I didn’t know about the bug when I wrote the assignment and I only found out about it after all but…

I read about this in Bio-IT World and had to go check it out. It’s called the Genome Projector and it has to be the coolest genome browser I’ve ever seen. They have 320 bacterial genomes to play with. Naturally, I chose our friend E. coli. The little red pins in the picture below mark…

Here’s a fun puzzler for you to figure out. The blast graph is here:

Do different kinds of biomes (forest vs. creek) support different kinds of bacteria? Or do we find the same amounts of each genus wherever we look? Those are the questions that we’ll answer in this last video. We’re going to use pivot tables and count all the genera that live in each biome. Then, we’ll…

This is third video in our series on analyzing the DNA sequences that came from bacteria on the JHU campus. In this video, we use a pivot table to count all the different types of bacteria that students found in 2004 and we make a pie graph to visualize the different numbers of each genus.

Well, probably getting a stipend to help you do it. And, the really cool thing is that’s part of the deal! Hustle, hustle the deadline is March 7th, and all the contact info is below.

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…

or E. coli, or perhaps a little Giardia (just to loosen things up, of course), or maybe even Herpes. All these scary pathogens become works of art, when Infectious Awareables puts the images on neckties. And what could be funnier than a pair of boxer shorts full of Gonorrhea?

DNA sequence traces are often used in cases where: We want to identify the source of the nucleic acid. We want to detect drug-resistant variants of human immune deficiency virus. We want to know which base is located at which position, especially where we might be able to diagnose a human disease or determine the…