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A couple of years ago, there was talk in the bioblogosphere about getting the general public interested in bioinformatics and molecular evolution: Amateur bioinformatics? Lowering the Ivory Tower with Molecular Evolution Molecular Evolution for the Masses The idea was inspired by the findings of armchair astronomers — people who have no professional training, but make…

PLoS Genetics has published an interview with Jenny Graves. Graves is one of the leaders in monotreme and marsupial genetics, and has been involved in some of the recent mammalian genome projects, including the platypus genome project (doi:10.1038/nature06936). She is also an expert in the evolution of mammalian sex chromosomes and sex determining genes. However,…

PLoS Biology’s press releases have taken another step toward being dismissed as “crap” by people who know jack shit about evolution, thanks to a new press release published last week. It starts off like so: Evolution has taken another step away from being dismissed as “a theory” in the classroom, thanks to a new paper…

There’s a large element of “chance” in all biological systems. Whether it’s a biochemical process within a cell, the movement of cells throughout an organism, or the evolution of the those organisms, stochasticity plays a large a part in biology. Unfortunately, this is often missed by most students of biology — either because they fail…

DonorsChoose.org Prizes!!!

Remember those prizes I promised if you donated to any of the ScienceBlogs DonorsChoose.org challenges? I described the prize for one lucky donor to the evolgen challenge. Now Seed has revealed what they’re giving away to a few lucky contributors to any of the ScienceBlogs challenges. Janet has the lowdown at her blog — the…

DonorsChoose.org — Week 1 Update

There are two exciting pieces of news about the DonorsChoose.org ScienceBlogs Challenge. First of all, Seed has offered to match all donations by ScienceBlogs readers for the second year in a row. Last year, Seed matched donations up to $10,000, but this year they’re willing to match up to $15,000. So, start donating. We’re currently…

DonorsChoose.org ScienceBlogs Challenge 2007

Some of you may recall that last year we held a sort-of fundraiser to support science education. The program was organized through DonorsChoose.org, a non-profit dedicated to getting money to teachers to support in class projects. Each teacher submits a proposal requesting funds for their desired project, and prospective donors select which project they would…

This is a repost (with some edits) of an introduction to publishing original research on blogs — a series I am reintroducing. The original entry can be found here. Previous entries: Part 1 – Introduction This post is part of a series exploring the evolution of a duplicated gene in the genus Drosophila. Links to…

Publishing Original Research on Blogs – Part 1

This is a repost (with some edits) of an introduction to publishing original research on blogs — a series I am reintroducing. The original entry can be found here. In April of last year, Bora pushed the idea of publishing original research (hypotheses, data, etc) on science blogs. As a responsible researcher, I would need…

Over a year ago I threatened to perform some original research and publish it on my blog. I got as far as writing an introduction to the project, but I never actually posted any data. I know, I suck.I had hoped to make the project simple enough that people could follow along. The problem was…