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Archives for October, 2006

Depressing

… when you finish your experiment at 5:15PM then exit the microscope room and discover that it’s pitch dark outside.

OK sorry for the lack of updates. I’ve been rereading lots of mlp literature. Mlp = myosin like proteins. These are found on nucleoplasmic face of the nuclear pore complex (NPC) and seem to filter what goes out of the nucleus, specifically unspliced mRNA precursors. It’s old data so I won’t go over it here.…

The Moral Mind – NY Times Comment

Some people have asked me why I haven’t written anything about Richard Dawkins’ new book. To be honest, it’s just another manuscript arguing that religions preach ignorance and can promote other societal evils. We’ve all heard this before. On the other hand, Marc Hauser’s book, Moral Minds, is a trully original book, discussing the latest…

Saturday Morning Video

OK one last comment from my trip to western Connecticut. One morning I flipped on the TV, and got bombarded by campaign ads that focused on the congressional race there. Real nasty ads like “so-and-so supports sex-offenders and is a friend of terrorists”. I can’t believe that people fall for such infantile name-calling techniques. It…

Letting Go of God

Last night I saw Julia Sweeney’s Letting Go of God at the Sander’s theatre. It was a great show. I won’t go into too many details, but just to let you know, it’s a longer version of the monologue that appeared in This American Life last year. Here’s a review of the NYC performance in…

Spending Money in a Biomedical Lab

What type of biomedical research costs the most? That is an interesting question. With the NIH asking for a 20% cut in everyone’s grant, our lab has been looking into who spends what, and where can we cut costs. An interesting number set fell out of this internal audit: how much each postdoc in the…

Map That Campus XX

Yes, it’s back. And for the 20th edition we have a nice pair for you. So here THEY are: X: What could it be? x: I’m sure we’ll find it, we just need to focus. X: You know, I’ve never seen you in a modest mood. x: Look we need to go over the evidence.…

The Best Science Television Show?

That is this week’s question from the Seed mothership. Born and raised in Canada, I have to say that there is one obvious choice: The Nature of Things. Almost every Canadian in my age group has a picture of David Suzuki seared onto some part of their neocortex. Now some folk try to diss Dr.…

Some Thoughts on Mitosis & Cancer

At that same meeting over the past weekend, I heard Tim Mitchison give an interesting talk about mitosis and pharmacogenetics. For any of you who don’t know, Tim’s lab has been at the fore front of analyzing how the mitotic spindle operates. Tim was the first to visualize microtubules, the major constituents of the spindle,…

Does this type of expression profile look familiar? From my limited experience from these types of pan-tissue blots, it would seem like every damn protein is expressed in testes. Why?