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Book Review: On Growth and Form

Unlike most naturalists and biologists before and since, who were only satisfied if they could understand a particular form by the configuration of its immediate precedents, D’Arcy Thompson was quite satisfied with a mathematical description or a physical analogy. He truly viewed the variety of biological forms that he looked at with the eyes of […]

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In Inspiring & Thought Provoking 17th of June, 2009
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Nobel Prizes in Molecular Biology

There are a lot of places to read about the history of molecular biology, but one theme that generally seems to emerge is that discoveries are dependent upon the experimental technology. Take this list of Nobel prizes for molecular biology for instance.

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In History of Biology 15th of April, 2009
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Reflecting on My First Experience with Research Genomicron – Here’s a post directed towards the undergraduate students out there contemplating a career in molecular biology or some related field. They key is getting some experience in a lab doing original science research, which is a must if you are going to go on to do […]

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In Of Interest 3rd of April, 2009
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How Science Is Changing What We Eat

From about the time our ancestors traded the nomadic lifestyle for more urban settings, agriculture has been important. It’s no coincidence either — selective breeding and domestication of crops made civilization possible. And in an era when the capacity for cultivating the primary grain and vegetable crops of the world is being stretched to its […]

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In Science Communication & Ethics 25th of March, 2009
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Four web posts from around the interwebs jumped out at me in the last couple of weeks. First, on a science webinar: Science webinar series : Protein Tagging Technologies in Cell Imaging and Analysis Hoxful Monsters – This post is more of an FYI that should be passed on… “If you have any questions related […]

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In Of Interest 20th of March, 2009
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Expectations for a Young Researcher

I find myself asking, what expectations would I have for me, starting out in a new lab?

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In Career Development & Networking 13th of March, 2009
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Against Animal Rights Terrorism

In research relating to molecular biology, it is common for animal models of disease to be used, especially in projects directed towards making biomedical discoveries and breakthroughs. So I find it very important to occasionally read about and blog against animal rights’ terrorists.

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In Science Communication & Ethics 11th of March, 2009
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The biggest news recently, with the global economic crisis and the US Stimulus Bill being prominent in the news, there’s been some interesting discussion on what to do (and what not to do) with the much-needed funding: NIH Plans For Stimulus Funds Drug Monkey: A letter regarding the actual objectives of the plan. The Stimulus […]

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In Of Interest 6th of March, 2009
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A Chaos of Delight A very nice essay on GFP, Darwin & bioluminescence at a blog where literary delights meet biology. Letting Scientists of the Leash Guest NY Times columnist and bioengineer Stephen Quake calls for a rethinking of how science is funded. Link between the Nuclear Export of mRNA and Decay Here’s one for […]

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In Of Interest 20th of February, 2009
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Selfish Genes and Gene-Centered Evolution

But despite Dawkins’ notoriety, maybe there are some readers here who haven’t read The Selfish Gene – I didn’t until two years ago, actually. So, what specifically is The Selfish Gene about?

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In Inspiring & Thought Provoking 11th of February, 2009