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Archives for October, 2008

Dumping on Fly Research

This is what happens when a politician gets advice from political operatives instead of professionals who have dedicated their lives to understanding the topic in question.

I have a second to blog – forgive me if it’s full of typos (chances are, if you read this blog on a regular basis you’re use to them) but it has been a while and I need to get back into the swing of things. Last week, Jonathan Weissman came over to Harvard Medical…

Tid Bits – Financial Crisis Edition

The New York Times Editorial Board on Proposition 1: Courting Chaos in Massachusetts From NPR, Brian Lehrer interviews Naomi Klein. Also check out her latest book, The Shock Doctrine. And if you missed it here’s Klein on the Colbert Report: Note trhat even Colbert is shocked by Klein’s last line on the prison industrial complex.…

Proposition 1

If you live in Massachusetts, one of the most important votes you’ll be casting is for or against proposition 1. What is proposition 1? It’s the right-wing libertarian delusion that the best government is no government. Written by that societal piranha, Grover Norquist, proposition 1 would cut the state income tax by half next year…

Last week was a big one for the Rapoport lab. Throughout my years here, I’ve come to realy apreciate how structure biology can realy lead to insight. In the latest issue of Nature, two papers describe how proteins are pumped out of cells by the SecA secretory protein. Background: You can divide proteins into three…

GFP Researchers Endorse Obama!

A message from Marty Chalfie, winner of the 2008 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for the discovery of GFP:

The Canadian Election, my 2 cents.

You may not have noticed, but yesterday, the US’s largest trading partner had an election. Watching the returns with my wife, I was struck yet again how different Canada is from US. Just like Americans, Canadians get upset at the government, but unlike Americans, Canadians want the government to work and are ready to punish…

George Palade 1912-2008

Last week one of the fathers of Cell Biology died. I found out Friday during happy hour – but I just haven’t had the time to write anything until now. George Palade and Keith Porter, were the first scientists to peer into the depths of the cell using electron microscopy (EM). This all started in…

Over the past two days, many have pointed out that the one person left out of the Nobel Prize was Douglas Prasher, researcher who cloned GFP from jellyfish, Aequorea victoria. Sadly, Prasher lost his funding and his lab just after he performed the ground work that led to Chalfie and (some of) Tsien’s Nobel Prize…

From the Nobel site: 8 October 2008 The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences has decided to award the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for 2008 jointly to Osamu Shimomura, Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL), Woods Hole, MA, USA and Boston University Medical School, MA, USA, Martin Chalfie, Columbia University, New York, NY, USA and Roger Y. Tsien,…