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Why should students blog about science?  Don’t they have enough to do already? Last Thursday night I participated in a panel discussion about science blogging (see the video) at ScienceOnline Seattle (#scioSEA)(video) and mentioned that we have two students blogging for us at Bio-Link.  A question I saw afterward via Twitter, from @NurhafizPiers was this: what…

Tonight, I’m going to be speaking on a panel at the University of Washington with fellow science bloggers: Alan Boyle (@b0yle) from CosmicLog and some company called “NBC” news. (I only watch TV programs on Netflix and iTunes, these days, so I forget TV stations still exist.) Brendan DeMelle (@bdemelle) from DeSmog Blog, and the Huffington Post and Adrienne Roehrich (@fiainros) from Double X…

If you want to work in biotech, you have to get work experience. But, how do you find it? One way to find work experience is to do an internship. When do I look? If you’re a college student, and you’re planning to wait until spring to apply for a summer internship, you’re waiting too…

I’ve heard you have to sing loud if you want to change the world. Cloning DNA – lyrics by Sandra Porter, sung to the tune of Surfin’ USA C ………………G7………………C If everybody had a plasmid, across the U.S.A., C ………………G7………………C then everybody’d be cloning, with their DNA …………………………..F You’d see them wearing their goggles. ………………..…

If all the information you had about scientific careers came from newspapers or TV, it would be easy to think that everyone who works in life sciences / biotechnology is either a Ph.D. scientist, post-doc, or graduate student.  In reality, the life sciences are more like an iceberg.  The public sees the people at the…

Many of you may remember a time when music-stealing was rampant on the internet.  Apple changed this situation by establishing a new kind of marketplace. Now people pay for music and download it from iTunes. What if there were a third party group, with an iTunes-like model, where scientific publishers would make papers available for…

The Backstory:  As it stands today,when one of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) provides the funding for a scientific research project, and those results are published, they must be made freely available to public, within a set period of time.  The reasoning behind this requirement is that taxpayers funded everything about the research except for…

The C.R.E.A.T.E. strategy is an approach to making biology teaching a better model of biology, the science. From the C.R.E.A.T.E website, …C.R.E.A.T.E. teaching focuses on on authentic published work–peer reviewed journal articles–with students reading either series of papers produced sequentially from individual labs or series of papers from different labs focused on a single line…

This morning, I learned that congress wants to reverse the advances made by NIH and go back to restricting access to scientific publications. Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney (New York) and Congressman Darrell Issa (California) are co-sponsoring a bill to restore the limits on public access to NIH-funded research. I’ve written many times before (here, here, here,…

In simple Mendelian genetics, a single change in one gene can produce a large change in mortality. The National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) will be funding genomics studies on Mendelian traits using a similar strategy. NHGRI will fund a small number of centers, dominant centers you might say, and look for large changes. The…