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Biology is Technology

“The history of any given technology is extraordinarily complex.” –Rob Carlson, Biology is Technology. Analyzing the history of a technology requires a complex look at the social, economic, and political context in which it emerged, and the reciprocal influences that the developing technology exerts on these factors. Predicting what the future of a technology will…

Microbes Conquering the U.S.

I’ve had some great suggestions for “Official” State Microbes in comments and via twitter. I’m filling in the map as they come: So far we have: Alaska — Alcanivorax borkumensis for its oil consumption California — Ralstonia metallidurans for its gold precipitating qualities (and CA-MRSA as a terrifying runner up) Illinois — Penicillium roqueforti for…

What’s your state microbe?

Wisconsin lawmakers just passed a bill to name Lactobacillus lactis, the bacteria that turns milk into cheese, into its official state microbe! What microbe do you think best represents your state? I think Massachusetts’ state microbe should be E. coli, not for the gross make you sick part of course, but because of the importance…