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Some people, like Imelda Marcos and our new Dr. Isis, have a thing for fancy shoes. I go crazy for gadgets. technorati tags: iphone, DNA, molecules, molecular structure, molecular modeling, Science education For my birthday this year, my family bought me a new iPhone! Yeah! So, I’ve been killing several hours today filling it with…

Masha Gessen was faced with a terrifying choice: cut off her breasts, and possibly save herself from cancer, or use them to feed her child.

One time, I suggested in a list-serve that science teachers make more use of primary scientific literature. Naturally, I learned all the reasons why teachers don’t do this-lack of access being one of the biggies- but I also learned something surprising.

“Did you know,” my friend whispered, “that the Humane Society funds terrorists?” I was stunned. What? That’s crazy! I’ve adopted pets from there. No way! How could those be the same people?? My friend and I were suffering from “brand confusion.” In business, this happens when different companies use similar names for their products in…

I got my copy of “A short guide to the human genome” by Stewart Scherer today from Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press (2008, ISBN 978-087969791-4). Usually, I would wait until after I’ve read a book to write a review, but this book doesn’t require that kind of study. As soon I skimmed through it and…

Genetics textbooks abound with stories of European royalty and the hazards of having children after you’ve married one of your cousins. It struck me as an interesting parallel that the lion is such a popular symbol in so many royal coats of arms. Like the royal families of Europe, certain lion populations have also suffered…

When purified, it glows with an unearthly light. You can’t go “chemical free” and try to escape it. It’s part of our bones and it forms the backbone of our DNA. A tool for good, a tool of war, essential for gardening, and infamous as a pesticide; phosphorus is truly an amazing element. Amazing too,…

For the record: Chlamydia is NOT a virus. I am bummed. I like the little MicrobeWorld radio broadcasts, and the video podcasts are even more fun. But I was perusing the archives and I found this:

Biology as a second-language: the immersion method Language teachers say the best way to learn a language is by total immersion and even better, spending time in the country where it’s spoken conversing with native speakers. See it, hear it, speak it, use it! Put yourself in a position where you must do these four…

Why the ABRF of course! I spend a fair amount time every summer giving workshops for college and high-school teachers on genomics and bioinformatics. One of the things that always surprises them, is the amount of lab work that’s carried out by people working in shared, or core lab facilities. For example, if I was…