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Blaine Bettinger has an absolutely wonderful post where he compares his results for type 2 diabetes from 23andMe and DeCODEme. I really liked his post and I appreciated the way he showed the data from the two companies and elaborated on their interpretation of his genotype and his risk. Interestingly, his story goes beyond a…

“What’s in a name? that which we call a rose By any other name would smell as sweet” – Juliet, from Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare I realized from the comments on my previous post and from Mike’s post that more explanations were in order. It seems we have two topics – why do…

If you’re in Seattle, Dr. Bruce Alberts will be talking tomorrow night (Jan 5th) at the Seattle Aquarium on science education and the role that scientists play. There are also some really interesting talks at a day-long workshop, Wednesday (Jan 6th) at the UW South Campus Center. The details and registration info are below: ~…

What do you call a biologist who uses bioinformatics tools to do research, but doesn’t program? You don’t know? Neither does anyone else.

If you have a little time, the Dolan DNA Learning Center at Cold Spring Harbor will be presenting some really interesting workshops on neuroscience and genetics. The dates are: Nov. 5, 2009: Inside Cancer – workshop on teaching cancer; Raritan Valley Community College, Somerville, NJ Nov. 6, 2009: Genes To Cognition – workshop on teaching…

This morning I attended the Fifth Annual WBBA Governor’s Life Sciences Summit. The breakfast was great; the talks were okay.  I do enjoy the stories about people who’s lives were saved because of biotechnology and I agree that the focus of the summit, research and discovery are important, but I can’t help thinking about the…

This summer, I had the good fortune to attend three (or was it four?) conferences on science education. One of the most inspirational conferences was one on Vision and Change in Biology Education. This conference was co-sponsored by the National Science Foundation and the AAAS. It was a call to action for biology educators and…

I’ve just returned from two conferences that focused on educating students for careers in science and technology and what do I find here at the home fort? There’s Chad writing a very nice series on science careers! I was a little puzzled by PNAS acryonym in his titles since to me, PNAS stands for “Proceedings…

I don’t remember learning about plasma when I took physics, but it’s amazing stuff. Last week at the Hi-Tec conference in Arizona, I got to learn how an electromagnetic field can be used to push plasma around a tube. Community college students get to play with the coolest toys! Here’s some plasma contained in a…

Liveblogging from the Hi-Tec conference I’m currently at the Hi-Tec conference in Scottsdale, Arizona. (If you follow me on Twitter – www.twitter.com/@digitalbio – you may have seen me complaining about the temperature). It’s an interesting conference, so I’m going to share some of the things that I’m learning. Dr. Travis Benanti and Dr. Steve Fonash…