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All Your Ribosomes Belong to Us

So more than a week has gone by and there has been little press about the science Nobels. And I must say that this year’s Medicine and Chemistry prizes are some of the most important in quite a while. But even between the two, the Chemistry is especially important. Why? I’m not sure. Maybe they…

Quote of the Day

Unraveling the ribosome is one of science’s Holy Grails. Were God a molecule, he or she would be a ribosome, a veritable galaxy of atoms whose job is to translate genetic code into the stuff of life–protein. – Brian Maffly, reporter for the Slt Lake Tribune in a recent article, Ramakrishnan: Nobel-winning work started in…

Postcards from Portugal

So we got back yesterday from our trip and we are in the post-traveling cleanup mode – Cleaning up the apartment, the fridge, and the email box. In fact I just received an email from one Coimbra student filled with photos from the past week. Below the fold are some pictures of our trip +…

Last Night in Portugal

Well it has been a great week. Edgar Gomes, Phong Tran, Helder Maiato and I just finished teaching a week long Graduate Student Course at the University of Coimbra. Here’s a photo of us with most of the class just after we finished dinner at a local joint. Despite my wonderful week, I did miss…

“for the discovery of how chromosomes are protected by telomeres and the enzyme telomerase” (from the Nobel website) Congrats. This Nobel was one that many people expected. I don’t have much time to blog about why telomerase and telomeres are so important, but I would hope that other science bloggers will step in. Here is…

Map That Campus XLVII

Welcome one and all to another edition of Map That Campus. Since I’m restarting this feature, I though that I would try something a little different. Here is today’s mystery campus: (more below the fold)

This is the fourth year that I update this list of potential winners. A warning, the list is highly biased towards basic biomedical research. In addition, some of the prizes may be more appropriate for the Chemistry prize.

Science – Building Models, Not Facts

I’m going to harp on a subject that really annoys me. The use of the word “fact” – this is a totally useless concept and is the source of a lot of confusion out in the general public and amongst science journalists. Science does not build facts. It builds models, ideas concepts and theories –…

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Hello everyone, It’s been quite a while since I’ve even looked at my blog. Much has happened since I last posted. I said goodbye to all my friends in Boston, moved back to my native country, started up a lab, hired my first employee, gone to a few scientific conferences, assigned projects to eager undergrads,…

This is an attempt to get back into blog-writing mode. My time has become split in a thousand different ways. There are a multitude of items that need to be accomplished before I leave for Toronto. Here’s a few of them: I would like to wrap up three ongoing projects, or at least get most…