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Krebs Cycle Funnery

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Here’s an interesting take on the Krebs Cycle, and more importantly, learning the Krebs Cycle.

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US News and World Report: USMA is tops

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Here are the rankings.

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Free Speech and Public Service

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Here’s a neat analysis detailing the balance of free speech and control as a gov’t employee.

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Naturally Obsessed – one of the best science documentaries I’ve seen

Friday, August 19, 2011

Naturally Obsessed What a sad, amazing, inspiring, and tragic look at the way science is actually conducted. This is how the pictures in the text books are made. We forget the human element behind it all. Also notice that this PI unwittingly – I can only hope – forces three grad students to race to a single endpoint.

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Meet the scientists of JKW Lab

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Hi my name is Hannah Lachance and I am a laboratory technician in the JKW lab. The main project I am working on involves studying how organisms such as E. coli and B. subtilis react to RDX exposure.

Techniques I use in these experiments includes growing cell cultures in various mediums, extracting RNA and DNA, running reverse transcriptions in order to obtain cDNA, using organism specific primers to run PCR and QPCR and performing gel electrophoresis. I highly enjoy working in the lab because it helps reinforce all that I have learned in school in a very practical and meaningful way. In addition, I get to work with amazing people and have fun while learning and accumulating valuable skills.

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R and Bioconductor Tutorials

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

http://www.cyclismo.org/tutorial/R/

http://www.biostat.harvard.edu/%7Ecarey/rr.pdf

http://mercury.bio.uaf.edu/mercury/R/R.html

http://www.r-project.org/

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Good undergrad cloning site

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

RIT Cloning Class Site

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Naturally Obsessed: The making of a scientist

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Too cool. I might be letting people know a little too much about me by admitting that I’ve watched it twice and it motivates me to knock out bench work.

http://www.thirteen.org/naturally-obsessed/

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One of my favorite videos on Evolution

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

It’s calm, dispassionate, and spot-on:

Evolution

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Polymerization – a caveat to Condensation

Friday, March 20, 2009

I remember that I did not make the point that a condensation reaction requires the production of a small molecule and that the molecule doesn’t have to be water.  In the case of nucleic acid polymerization, inorganic pyrophosphate, or PPi (the beta and gamma phosphates from the triphosphate precursor), is produced as the NMP is incorporated into the nascent chain.

Check out this transcription video but take care to note that this is a cartoon and the authors chose to show DNA as a tube rather than a double helix that gets separated in a transcription bubble as the polymerase proceeds.

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