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Tom Paulson gets the student perspective on Lindau. He got a quote from me, too, although I think the words of Peter Agre will have more weight. I really can’t emphasize this enough: this meeting was a phenomenal experience for students.

Auf wiedersehen, Lindau!

Yesterday was my last day in Lindau, I’m sorry to say — it was also the day of the closing ceremonies on the island of Mainau, in case you were wondering why it was so quiet on the blog. I decided to leave all my electronical gear behind at the hotel and venture out for…

Look for me on Al Jazeera next week

I just did an interview about science blogging for An Kathab, “Al Jazeera’s weekly high-tech news magazine”. Look for it to be broadcast on the 8th, 9th, and 10th of July, and to appear on youtube shortly thereafter. This is so going to confirm right-wing histrionics, isn’t it?

Werner Arber: Molecular Darwinism

This talk has me a little concerned: it’s proposing something rather radical, for which Arber is going to have to show me some unambiguous evidence to convince me, and I’m coming into it with a very skeptical mindset. Here’s the relevant portion of his abstract: The theory of molecular evolution that we also call “Molecular…

Uh-oh. I’m trying to follow this talk, but it’s one for the chemistry purists: I don’t understand the words he’s saying, starting with “olefin” and continuing with “metathesis”. You’ll have to look to one of the other Lindau bloggers with more chemistry to explain it, because Schrock seems to be assuming I understand all the…

The difference between biology and chemistry: biologists ask how natural systems and molecules work, while chemistry wants to know how to artificially re-synthesize natural biomolecules. Tsien favors a synthetic approach, asking hwo to build new molecules that will perform amusing and useful functions in biology. He compares it to architecture on a molecular scale that…

Martin Chalfie: GFP and After

Chalfie is interested in sensory mechanotransduction—how are mechanical deformations of cells converted into chemical and electrical signals. Examples are touch, hearing, balance, and proprioception, and (hooray!) he references development: sidedness in mammals is defined by mechanical forces in early development. He studies this problem in C. elegans, in which 6 of 302 nerve cells detect…

Warming up for the big meeting

It’s another exciting day of exciting lectures, I hope. I know that this morning was the most anticipated one on my dance card; here’s what we’re looking forward to. Osamu Shimomura: Chemistry of Bioluminescence Martin Chalfie: GFP and After Roger Y. Tsien: Building and Breeding Molecules to Spy on Cells, Tumors, and Organisms Richard Royce…

wednesday morning at Lindau, part 2

This morning was a long session broken into two big chunks, and I’m afraid it was too much for me — my recent weird sleep patterns are catching up with me, which didn’t help at all in staying alert. Robert Huber: Intracellular protein degradation and its control This talk was a disaster. Not because it…

Wednesday morning at Lindau

I’m here for another long session of talks. Unfortunately, this is Big Chemistry day, and I’m struggling to keep up with the unfamiliar. I need more biology for it all to make sense! Rudolph Marcus: From ‘On Water’ and enzyme caalysis to single molecules and quantum dots. Theory and experiment. I was afraid of this.…