Transcription and Translation

Archives for June, 2007

Yes, a new home for the NERD club. I just finished it last night: http://www.newenglandrna.org/ Any suggestions?

Although I do not own a television set, my wife and I watch the Daily Show and the Colbert Report every night, online. A couple of days ago Colbert had Daniel Gilbert on. Gilbert is a professor of Psychology at the Harvard main campus and has recently written a great book, Stumbling on Happiness. I…

Last night was nice. I dragged some buddies to Tavern at Central to hang out with the folks at NatureNetworks Boston. There we chatted with a few bloggers and some of the individuals responsible for NatureNetworks Boston (like Corie Lok.) One interesting tid bit I’d like to share with you – I had a nice…

I just read in Corie’s blog that Nature’s new online local community (NatureNetwork Boston) is having a pub night. I’ll try to be there. Click here for details.

Whiteboards are a staple of scientific laboratories … often they are filled with ideas, diagrams, models and plenty of arrows. But they often contain doodles and other creative white noise generated by our active and restless brains. In that vain vein, here’s a clip that has been circulating in Youtube for a while:

miRNA and RNA interference is so hot right now … I’m not in the field, but I do keep an eye on it. Right now the there is quite a few papers on how miRNAs regulate translation. There is some data that indicate that miRNA and the associated RISC complex (RNA Interference Silencing Complex) inhibits…

How much is a postdoc worth?

Is the question asked by Jack Parker. So are we really taken advantage of, or are we just a bunch of whiners? A study from 2002 says it all. (Keep in mind that the study is 5 years old and that postdoc salaries have gone up.) First off, some comparisons: Compared with their peers in…

I was watching Science Saturday, over at bloggingheads.tv, where Horgan & Johnson were talking about the origin of life and RNA (among other things). Also mentioned was Robert Shapiro’s article in Scientific American. Shapiro is an advocate of the cell first theory, which I have to say that I don’t really get. How would that…

Carnivals …

Check out the new What’s up postdoc? Next edition will be hosted right here. If you have any entries on postdoc-hood, send ’em to me. Also the next Mendel’s Garden will be held at Eye on DNA on July 8th (it was moved to make way for the July 1st edition of Gene Genie). Send…

The reviews are in

Yeah it’s been a while since my last entry, but in my defence, my thinkpad died and I simultaneously got back the reviewers comments from my submitted manuscript. Although my boss was a tad disappointed, I’m quite pleased. I have to say that writing this post is kinda strange, are my reviewers out there reading…