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I’m a big of learning from data. There are many things we can learn about swine flu and other kinds of flu by using public databases. In digital biology activity 1, we learned about the kinds of creatures that can get flu. Personally, I’m a little skeptical about the blowfly, but… Now, you might wonder,…

Genome sequences from California and Texas isolates of the H1N1 swine flu are already available for exploration at the NCBI. Let’s do a bit of digital biology and see what we can learn. Activity 1. What kinds of animals get the flu?

Some of the things that are attracting people to DIY biology are: the idea of doing science with others for fun the possibility of doing something that might be beneficial to society being part of larger movement All of those notions appeal to me and since I’ve been involved with biotech for many years, I…

My oldest daughter’s favorite sweatshirt is one from the Seattle Children’s Theatre Drama School, with the motto, “What’s your motivation?” I was reminded of motivation the other day, as I talked about projects with the DIY biology group. It’s pretty clear that you can’t pick a project without knowing whether you’re motivated by the discovery…

This afternoon, I attended the first meeting of a DIY biology group in Seattle, after a kind invitation from one of the founders.   DIY, for those of you new to the acronym, stands for "Do It Yourself."   But, you say, there are lots of people who do biology on their own. Some people…

Cloning the gene for green fluorescent protein is fun. Lots of fun. Cloners have put the GFP gene into rabbits, plants, cats, fish, and worms, and made mutants that code for proteins in every color of the fluorescent rainbow. Teachers like GFP so much that every year, high school students throughout the U.S. clone GFP…