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Nick’s post on Amantadine resistance in swine flu was so interesting, I had to look at the protein structures myself. I couldn’t find any structures with the S31N mutation that Nick discussed, but I did find some structures with the M2 protein and Amantadine. Not only are these structures beautiful, but you can look at…

No more delays! BLAST away!

We had a great discussion in the comments yesterday after I published my NJ trees from some of the flu sequences. If I list all the wonderful pieces of advice that readers shared, I wouldn’t have any time to do the searches, but there are a few that I want to mention before getting down…

I’m teaching an on-line bioinformatics course this semester for Austin Community College. They are in Texas of course, but I am in Seattle. This presents a few interesting challenges and some minor moments of amusement. Today, the school sent all the faculty emails telling us to stay home if we’re sick. Got it. If I…

This afternoon, I was working on educational activities and suddenly realized that the H1N1 strain that caused the California outbreak might be the same strain that caused an outbreak in 2007 at an Ohio country fair. UPDATE: I’m not so certain anymore that the strains are the same. I’m doing some work with nucleic acid…

That’s how new life forms are created every day in the wild, folks. Human researchers of course have added a few twists on the theme. If we can’t induce bacteria or animal cells to collect new bits of DNA on their own, we turn to electroshock therapy. With plants…. aw heck, we just shoot them.…

If you haven’t seen these, check out Jake Young’s collection of videos showing T cells getting infected by HIV. The best one is at the bottom of the post.

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

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.

but the red berries are RNA. Picture below the fold.