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Is there a place for citizen scientists in the world of digital biology? Many of the citizen science projects that I’ve been reading about have a common structure. There’s a University lab at the top, outreach educators in the middle, and a group of citizens out in the field collecting data. After the data are…

Hospital cases of methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) have risen 33-fold during the past ten years in Washington state, yet our hospitals fail to identify or track cases in a systemic fashion (Seattle Times). The Seattle Times began a three-part investigative report today describing the rise in MRSA incidence, the consequences for patients, and the…

What skills does a biotechnology technician need to know? This seems like a simple question, but people have been struggling to define biotech skill standards since the early 90’s. Complicating this question is that many areas of biotechnology require somewhat different skills. Antibody work requires one set, plant or animal tissue culture, another; fermentation, another;…

It was a wet and rainy day yesterday, and we have a dissecting microscope, so I decided to see if I could find some tardigrades. Tardigrade photo by nebarnix Reposted from Nov. 2006

I’ve heard that all cats are grey in the dark, but I guess that’s no longer true in New Orleans. Scientists at the Audubon Center for Research of Endangered Species have made a cloned kitty that glows lime green. Some of you already know my fascination with glowing fish, fluorescent cats, and cloned puppies. This…

Yes, that’s right, another Medicine 2.0 blog carnival has been posted for your enjoyment. And the host, Ivor Kovic, has done an amazingly creative and interesting thing with images from all the past hosting places…, and well, you just need to go see it yourself.

The Galápagos islands rank high on my list of places that I really, really, really want to visit. But for many reasons, it’s always looked like a trip to the Galápagos would be at least a decade or two away. Now, I’ll be able to go in January and so will all of you.

Like many people I know, I suffer from allergies, and sometimes asthma. I take drugs to control the symptoms, but they don’t cure the condition. Plus, I know there can be side effects that might not be so pleasant. This is why I like hearing about sequencing projects that target the VDJ-ome. I have this…

Last week, while attending the ISB “DNA of Innovation” symposium in honor of Lee Hood’s 70th birthday, I decided to try live-blogging for the first time. Unbeknownst to others in the audience, except my husband, I quietly typed away, collecting notes and uploading impressions. But battery power has its limits, even when I have more…

Okay, watching some of the other movies makes me realize that I’ve been very negligent in not uploading ours. Without further ado, here it is.