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What do Obama’s responses tell us about him and his support of scientifically-sound policies? Well, not necessarily that he is personally good on science – but he does apparently know how to hire decent scientific advisers, and listen to them. That is huge.
“An urgent problem is how to nourish the goose of basic research [and innovation],” wrote Arthur Kornberg. The solution: Open Science and Federal Support.
While there’s a lot in “For the Love of Enzymes” to talk about, for this post I’m focusing on just one passing reference that Arthur Kornberg makes on NIH and the use of English as the language of science. In it, Kornberg is describing the factors that made NIH a huge success…
It’s Friday, so let’s take a glance Around the Blogs and see what’s happening. Science and Society Banned Performance Enhancing Drug Classes Basic Concepts: Crop Genetic Engineering Publishing Science Reed Elsevier Caught Copying My Content Without My Permission Bring Me Your Huddled Manuscripts Lab Life Postdoc Personalities The Science Itself Solving the Cell: Will the…
Last Thursday’s post on the animal rights firebombing in Santa Cruz earned me a couple outraged comments, so I suppose I did something right. I’m not too concerned with what they think, but they’re comments reflect what I was saying.
Two recent articles provide the theoretical and experimental proof that polarity and asymmetry are reducible to something as simple as diffusion – even in a complex cellular process such as aging.
It would seem that animal rights’ extremists are at it again, this time with a spate of firebombings in Southern California. One might be sympathetic, if one were superbly naive.
The theme running throughout is that E.coli is a microcosm for understanding all of life. Zimmer reinforces this theme with repeated mention of a Jacques Monod quote, “What is true for E.coli is true for the elephant.
We’ve reached the end of another week here on Bitesize Bio, so let’s close with the usual survey of what’s happening Around the Blogs. I’m not linking to too many posts (just five), and am instead trying to pick quality over quantity. I hope you find them interesting.
Here’s something that I’m sure all our readers will find interesting, if they haven’t heard it already: there’s a web search engine out now for specifically designed for biologists.
Dan shares some commentary on a review of the World Science Festival by Lawrence Krauss. At its core, science is a cultural phenomenon, complete with social customs. There are some differences between the culture of science and other cultures however…
We’ve reached the end of another week here on Bitesize Bio, so let’s close with the usual survey of what’s happening Around the Blogs. Luckily, the post titles speak for themselves… Society Which baby do you want? A dilemma for the 21st century parent-to-be The goal of a science education Scientists are excellent communicators, or…
In an opinion piece in Nature, Sir Paul Nurse suggests that we supplement reductionism with studying the information content in cells. Take a look at the modern version of holism in biology.
Part science, part prose, Lewis Thomas’ books Lives of a Cell and The Medusa and the Snail are creative, thought-provoking, and entertaining.
On Tuesday I talked about an example of a good GM crop. Now I highlight one that I think may not be such a good idea.
Dan takes a look at a potentially good GM crop already in use, and links to a couple informative resources regarding the risks and benefits of using genetics to improve the food we harvest.
Here’s a list of blog posts worth passing along from the past couple of weeks, in the order I bookmarked them.
It is now more likely that the next graduate student you meet in the US is from one of two Chinese alma maters than from any other U.S. university?
In a recent issue of Cell, there’s an interesting commentary on Molecular Movies… Coming to a Lecture Near You. The article got me thinking – wouldn’t it be useful if there were more skilled graphics and animation experts at the disposal of researchers? Conveying the information content of your average proposal, report, lecture, or public…
Last week’s issue of Science has a book review that might appeal to any Bitesize Bio reader: First Adventures in Science. The book in question is Falling for Science, a collection of essays by grad students (current and former) and mentors on the crucial roles particular objects played in sparking their choice of science as…