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When I was a postdoc at Harvard Medical School, I was a founding member of the New England RNA Data Club. We organized a monthly meeting, where RNA researchers from around the New England Area would get together and present data. Over three years, we were lucky enough to hear exciting talks and catalyze many…

I’ll be giving a talk on Thursday

Seminar Series of the CIHR Training Grant in Protein Folding Dr. Alexander Palazzo Department of Biochemistry University of Toronto Specialized Nuclear Export of mRNA Encoding Secreted and Mitochondrial Proteins Thursday, November 12, 2008 – 12:15pm Medical Sciences Building, Rm. 4279 University of Toronto I’ll see you there

The value of having large public award ceremonies for scientists, is that it gives their work some exposure to the public. Take for instance Shinya Yamanaka. His discovery of iPS cells in 2006 was one of the most important discoveries this past decade. It not only taught us how to generate stem cells from any…

Map That Campus XLIX

It’s that time again. Here’s this week’s mystery campus: And the hint: Where cellular alchemy began. If you know the answer, or just want to take a cheap shot at Willie the Wildcat and his posse, leave it in the comment section.

Gairdner Talks Begin

Well this week the University of Toronto hosts the 50th anniversary of the Gairdner Foundation. If the Nobels are the Oscars of science, and the Lasker Awards the Golden Globes, this event is akin to the 50th anniversary of some big Hollywood studio. There are talks by many of today’s hottest science rock stars and…

It’s been a while

Today I used a pipette for the first time in three and a half months. What a strange feeling it is to work in one’s own lab. While I’ve been submitting papers and grants, my technician has been busy preparing solutions, ordering equipment and even performing a few “experiments” (if you can call transforming bacteria…

Go and check ’em out. 4th place – James E. Hayden, Anglerfish ovary (4X) For more visit http://www.nikonsmallworld.com/ This year’s event even got covered in the New York Times. And if you want to enter into next year’s competition the deadline for entries: April 30, 2010. Get clicking.

Discussion with a Cancer Surgeon

This weekend, I had the opportunity to sit down with a friend, a cancer surgeon who works at a major teaching hospital in the US. He, his wife and two kids were up visiting us for the weekend. Over coffee, I was asking him about the state of cancer therapeutics. Although he himself does not…

Link love – RNA Nobels Edition

Well this year was a big year again for RNA at the Nobels. Both prizes were essentially given to RNA dependent processes. In the case of Telomerase, an RNA molecule, Telomerase RNA (hTR or TERC), acts as the template strand to help Telomerase Reverse Transcriptase (TERT) elongate the end of the telomere. Here’s a great…

Map that Campus XLVIII

Last week was way too easy. Let’s see how fast this one will go. Here is this week’s mystery campus: