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Posts Tagged ‘Bacteria’


Identifying the Microbial Culprit of The Black Plague

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

A microbial treasure box was just dug up and some insight was provided (via sequencing technologies) into The Black Plague

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The essential genome of a bacterium: wants versus needs.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Lucy Shaprio and colleagues have identifed the minimal set of genes required for caulobacter to thrive on rich media. This work will help others bioengineer the organism to function in a variety of roles involving the production of small molecule metabolites and the generation of biosensor systems.

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Conspiracy messages in my DNA – oh noes !!!1111111!!!!!!!!!!!!!11111111

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Here’s a fun little pop sci article dealing with encoding messages in DNA. Unfortunately this article takes away from the real news: that aliens hacked up their genomes, inserted them into bacteria, and sent them forward on meteors eons ago to populate different worlds. I’m sure there’s a PhD thesis in there someplace.

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Meeting: The fight against drug resistance in bacteria

Monday, August 29, 2011

Here’s a cool looking meeting at NYAS in a couple months dealing with the evolution of drug resistant strains of microbes.

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Meet the Scientists in the lab

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

My name is Matt Browne and I have been working in the JKW lab this summer. I am a rising junior at James I. O’Neill High School in Highland Falls and I live right here in wonderful West Point. Along with my laboratory compadres, I have been studying the effects that weapons contaminants have on the gene expression of several organisms, namely E. Coli and B. subtilis. My work in the lab includes bacterial culturing procedures, RNA and DNA extraction techniques, gel electrophoresis, reverse transcription to create cDNA from RNA, PCR and quantitative PCR, and world-champion level pipette skills. My favorite aspect of working in the lab is being able to come into an environment where I am always provided the opportunity to solve problems and really work out my critical thinking skills.

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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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Good undergrad cloning site

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

RIT Cloning Class Site

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