Sean McCann (ibycter.com) / Foter.com / CC BY-NC-SA Coming soon to a location near you! No, it’s not some kind of crazy new dance in which people strut around flapping their arms like poultry. Unfortunately it is much more serious than that. Chikungunya is a virus indigenous to Africa and Asia that causes a painful […]
What do James Rothman, Randy Schekman, and Thomas Südhof all have in common? They just won the 2013 Nobel Prize In Medicine Or Physiology. When I was a graduate student, I avidly read papers from these three men. Their important research discovered how cells carry out a very basic function: how proteins are moved around within […]
A couple of weeks ago I was writing an article for BitesizeBio.com celebrating the 30th birthday of the polymerase chain reaction, otherwise known as PCR. I am a molecular biologist – I work with things that are smaller than a living cell. As one of my friends put it, “I spend the day moving little […]
If you have spent any time reading my blog, then you have probably figured out that I love animals. I have lived with them all my life and would consider my life empty without them. I also firmly believe that pets are good for kids. Pets teach children responsibility, allow them to experience the pride […]
It’s happened again – the scientific community nerdy virus guys have been surprised by viruses once more! Viruses are known for being tiny balls of protein housing a limited number of genes. Influenza gets by with up to 14 genes, while the AIDS-causing virus, HIV, wreaks havoc using only 9 genes. Besides having limited genomes, […]
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