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Archives for June, 2006

Map That Campus IV

Well you guys have been pretty good at guessing the mystery campus. But in addition I’d like you to tell me the answer to the riddle/hint. (Last week no one really explained what the first part of the riddle meant – even after Bil posted an additional hint in the comment section.) So here is…

Every thought about how variable the expression of a particular gene is across an entire cell population? That’s what the Weissman lab described in a manuscript in a recent issue of Nature. Anytime you want to take on such a project – take my advice, you turn to yeast. The yeast field has created a…

More Biology (Nerd) Rap

First there was the Protein Synthesis Rap, now this ode to the animal kingdom. Enjoy.

Being “Good at the Bench”

Here’s a tale from the lab. Today we had an interesting discussion. It started off with PBS and ended up on the topic of understanding the principles behind much of the protocols used in a lab. It all started when a rotation student asked if there was a lab stock of PBS (phosphate buffered saline),…

Lazy Day Tuesday Morning Links

I’ve got lab meeting in 5 mins. Here’s some stuff I’ve read in the blog-o-sphere recently.

I can’t believe it

… Italy last minute penalty. Goal. So was that “foul” worthy of a penalty shot? Was this a second game ruined by a bad ref? You tell me. All I know is that this victory for Gli Azzurri, left a bad taste in my mouth.

Just read this Abstract from PLoS: Mammalian genes are highly heterogeneous with respect to their nucleotide composition, but the functional consequences of this heterogeneity are not clear. In the previous studies, weak positive or negative correlations have been found between the silent-site guanine and cytosine (GC) content and expression of mammalian genes. However, previous studies…

If you played for Brazil, what would your name be? Go to BrazilName to find out.

Does technology make you happy?

Call it part II of an ongoing miniseries. Or, if you prefer, one of many entries on happiness. Lets think about technology for a moment. Here I am typing on this laptop. Ideas flow (misspelled and grammatically incorrect) from my brain to my fingers to the keyboard … over a wireless network … into the…

Map the Campus III

Time for another Map that Campus. I provide the aerial photo and a hint, you tell me the mystery Campus. The first two mystery Campus were solved rather rapidly (and I suspect that this one will be as well). So here goes: Click here for a larger image. Alpha, beta Yea, yea, yea But a…