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Archives for November, 2006

Bravo Science Magazine

I forgot to bring this up yesterday. Science conducted a review of it’s publishing practices (due to the whole cloning affair). Honestly it would have been hard for them to have prevented this. In the end the best check on a scientist’s work is reproducibility. But the review board did recommend something I like very…

Rich Jorgensen on the RNAi Nobel.

There was some minor controversy for the RNAi Nobel … should Rich Jorgensen’s have been acknowledged? and the miRNA people? Here is what Rich Jorgensen has to say (from the latest edition of Science):

RNA + Body Fluids (the results are in)

OK I finally did that experiment that people asked for … and more. If you want to know why I performed this experiment, read this post on RNA treatments for autism. Here I present to you evidence that your body is secreting enzymes, called RNAses, that will chew up your RNA in minutes. So the…

Proks have dynamin like molecules!

When I was a grad student, eukaryotes had all the neatest toys … actin, microtubules, kinesins, dynein, myosin, dynamin, SNAREs … OK that’s not totally true – bacteria had their version of tubulin (the constituent of microtubules), and it’s called FtsZ. Then others found that bacteria had a version of actin, the most known is…

Neil deGrasse Tyson & Richard Dawkins

I mostly agree with Tyson … [Here’s a different take on the whole culture-war phenomenon, what we scientists need to fight aggressively for is tolerance … tolerance for ATHEISTS. On this front Dawkins is losing ground.] [HT: Ed Brayton]

This pisses me off

I woke up from a nice restful weekend (the first in a while), to read this crap in today’s NY Times. In reference to Dawkins’, Dennet’s and Harris’ books, Richard A. Shweder writes: …the current counterattack on religion cloaks a renewed and intense anxiety within secular society that it is not the story of religion…

NEXTgencode

I heard about this great new (parody) company, NEXTgencode. You gotta love their tagline: Your Destiny is no Longer in Question. From their website: Want to see some of their “products”? Here’s an add: And here’s even more adds! Some products include: – Permapuppy … have a pet that never grows up! – Special gene…

Thanksgiving

Thursday, my wife and I hosted our annual Thanksgiving for the left behind. Every year, we gather all the foreigners and Americans who couldn’t make it back to their own family and have a great big feast. This year, we stuffed 14 people into our small apartment and had a ball. This is the 7th…

Map that Campus XXIV

So another week has flown by. Here is today’s mystery campus: hint: Turkey, what a fine bird. Leave your answers in the comments section.

Note added in proof

If you haven’t seen this, Orac is shocked that I’m shocked and then proceeds to give a run down of other autism related quackery … go check it out. In contrast, Abel Pharmboy is joyous about my shockingly shocked post. OK time to start Thanksgiving day cooking … oddly enough I’m preparing duck soup as…