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Archives for May, 2006

This week: Since they’re funded by taxpayer dollars (through the NIH, NSF, and so on), should scientists have to justify their research agendas to the public, rather than just grant-making bodies? Yes, yes, and yes. But if the public does not agree? Then the blame rests on our scientific leaders. They should be out there…

The nuclear membrane separates the nuclear space from the cytoplasm. This barrier is comprised of two membranes (Inner and Outer Nuclear Membrane) that are continuous with the endoplasmic reticulum. To cross the double membrane, molecules traverse the nuclear pore complex (NPC), a giant macromolecular complex that has an eight-fold symmetry and weighs over 100MDa. To…

I haven’t been blogging that much recently … well to be honest I’ve had too much work to do. But as time goes on my ability to cope with the rich experience of daily lab life requires me to rant every so often. So here is today’s rant. There are two approaches to small biology,…

Hi Folks, Sorry for the delay. It’s been a busy week for me. Being swamped with work, the Daily Transcript was ignored. I’ve thought about it all this week … life writing a blog and living the life of a postdoc. It’s stressful. I enjoy both however the combination does not leave enough time in…

ER Papers

Sorry, I haven’t been writing much in the past few days. Here are some cool ER papers I’ve seen recently: Direct membrane protein-DNA interactions required early in nuclear envelope assembly Sebastian Ulbert, Melpomeni Platani, Stephanie Boue, and Iain W. Mattaj JCB (2006) 173:469-476 When the nuclear envelope reforms after mitosis, ER vesicles must bind to…

David Suzuki Autobiography

I am back in Montreal for the weekend. Anyone who grows up in Canada is subjected to 3 things: 1- Hockey 2- Winter 3- CBC And a great show that I used to watch as a kid on CBC was The Nature of Things hosted by David Suzuki. Well I was just reading in the…

This week’s question: If you could shake the public and make them understand one scientific idea, what would it be? That’s tough. Perhaps the meaning of the word HUBRIS? But that’s not really “scientific”. I guess the easy answer would be evolution or global warming … but to be honest I would be happier if…

About two weeks ago I wrote an entry on what I hated about scientific journals. I intentionally did not include the issue of public access to publicly financed research, but it came up in the comment section. Interestingly Maxine, an editor at Nature, replied: On the access problem mentioned here in the comments — can’t…

FY2007 Budget Resolution

Good news from RPM: I just got word that the House of Representatives passed the FY2007 Budget Resolution which includes an amendment that ensures that all programs within the Labor, Health and Human Services and Education Appropriations bill will be funded at FY2006 levels, including a 2% increase for inflation. This will mean the NIH…

Ask a Science Blogger 2

While preparing for my talk, I guess I really missed the boat on this one. So the question was: Will the ‘human’ race be around in 100 years? Well if it isn’t around, it’s only ‘cuz it went somewhere else. (That would be a resounding yes.) As for predicting the future. What shall I say?