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Many medical conditions today are treated but never cured. Imagine, a child with a genetic disease like juvenile diabetes or hemophilia. This child will be taking expensive medications for their entire lives. In the case of some diseases the cost of the medications might be more than child or their parents can ever hope to…

What do people in biotechnology do on the job? What can students do with a science degree once they’ve finished college? Some answers can be found at the “Life Sciences Central web site. Created by the Workforce Development Council of Seattle-King County, this is a wonderful resource for anyone who’s considering biotechnology for a potential…

If we asked any biologist to pick the five most important techniques in biology, that list would certainly include PCR.  PCR stands for Polymerase Chain Reaction. It’s used everywhere. We use it to amplify DNA for cloning, we use it for diagnostic tests, for DNA sequencing, for identifying pathogens, for identifying our long-lost relatives (and…

If you’ve ever looked at an evolutionary tree, contemplated phylogeny, cladistics, or the like, you’re probably aware that Joe Felsenstein is one of the leaders of the pack.

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.

I recently completed a long trip out-of-town, giving a presentation at a Bio-Link conference in Berkeley, and teaching a couple of bioinformatics classes at the University of Texas, through the National Science Foundation’s Chautauqua program. The Human Subjects Protection Course Before I left town, I had to take a class on how to treat human…