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Mary Mangan
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PDB has a high school science challenge. If you have some kids who are interested in biology, and making short videos, check out this project.

The RCSB PDB invites high school students to create short videos (two minutes or less) that tell a story about HIV/AIDS in a new competition. Videos must include a visualization/animation of two or more molecular structures from the PDB and may be focused on any topic related to the structural biology of HIV/AIDS.

There's a flyer over there with more details too.

#HIV #virology  
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And +Carl Zimmer explains today that plants #GMO themselves for handy new traits (another thing we've been trying to explain to people for a long time on this issue....finally people with megaphones are covering these things).
Long ago, a new paper suggests, a fern took a useful gene from a neighboring hornwort, an acquisition that allowed ferns to thrive in shade.
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+Ulrich Baer Tell me why you think that an alternative "medicine" site run by quacks is a reputable source that is worth bringing here.
All one has to do is search for "Séralini" in this document to see how well their selection process works (sarcasm).
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Finally someone explains that it is not just #gmo plants that are patented. I keep trying to explain this to people and they just refuse to get it.

If you banned GMOs today because you hate patents, it would do absolutely nothing to solve the problem of patents.
Scientists and food activists are launching a campaign to promote seeds that can be freely shared, rather than protected through patents and licenses. They call it the Open Source Seed Initiative.
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I wonder which is the first and last name? Google's name policy seems pretty straightforward...
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I didn't know this zombie claim had come back around. But Dr. Jen swats it back down. Hilariously, she is accused of being a tool of Big Lingerie in the comments by the book's author.
The myth that bras cause breast cancer is apparently coming ‘round the barn again. The latest scare-you-out-of-your-brassiere “article” claims there are “five research studies” that show a strong c...
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In fact, if there were a bra that could defy the laws of physics and biology and once removed leave the breast tissue larger for a period of time it might be popular.

I bet they would... 
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Hmm. Looks interesting. New magazine on #personalgenomics .

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RT @KevinADavies: Debut issue of consumer "Genome" mag out now: BRCA, microbiome,@23andMe,$1000 genome,@carlzimmer+more!@GenomeMag http://t.co/uEdfqY0bUe .
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There are some people who think I shouldn't be allowed to have an allergen-free peanut. They will work really hard to prevent this from even reaching the stores. No #GMO for you!

Now, me being able to eat a Reese's again is not even on the same scale as denying kids Golden Rice. But they are trying to keep that from happening too. And that's criminal.
Close your eyes for a minute (after this paragraph) and think about the technology you have around your house. Maybe your TV, DVD player, your smartphone, your tablet. Maybe you like the way it wor...
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And it must be plant science explainer week, because there's a pretty good piece on marker-assisted breeding in the Washington Post too.

As the piece explains, this is a great technique if the traits you want exist in the species you are working with. But it's not good for everything and does not replace #GMO for things like the oranges--where there is no resistance to the citrus greening problem.
A wide variety of plant scientists embrace the cutting-edge technology of marker-assisted DNA selection.
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I saw that. And, I really don't think that there's a danger of loss of diversity. It seems to me that this type of selective breeding will primarily be for the larger-scale industrial food production and there is still a lot of diversity both in seeds and in the many smaller farms and enthusiasts like myself. :) With 7 billion and growing world population we just might need some advantages in food production, especially in areas where crops have significantly strong environmental constraints. Keep the good article coming!
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This is a very funny and well crafted 4 minutes of as many pseudosciences, myths, conspiracy, pareidolia, and associated crankery that you can fit in that amount of time.

Via: http://www.reddit.com/r/skeptic/comments/236kpl/can_you_spot_all_the_pseudoscience_in_this_clip/
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Seems even. Sigh.
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+Kevin Folta has done up a quiz trying to illustrate a scientific issue with #GMO labels.

His whole post on it can be found here: http://kfolta.blogspot.com/2014/04/gmo-labeling-ill-agree-when.html

Edit: closing the thread for the night, so that the stupid doesn't accumulate when I can't monitor it. Re-opens tomorrow when I have time.
 
* GMO Labelling Quiz*


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I have no idea what you are talking about +Brian Wilcox. Who knows what score what?
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I love seed bank stories.

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RT @AgroBioDiverse: Inside the world's largest wheat and maize #genebank. With pic goodness.@CGIAR @CIMMYT @jrossibarra @franknfoode  http://t.co/lVQwwx4tJT
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I've been fascinated with biology since spending summers at the beach engrossed by the tide pools. This led to degrees in Microbiology, Plant Cell Biology, and eventually a PhD in Cell, Molecular, and Developmental Biology. Moving to computational biology, bioinformatics and genomics as those fields emerged, I find databases are the new tide pools for me. And new waves keep washing interesting things in.... For some publications, you can see my Google Scholar profile
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I defend science from crankery whenever I can. Science blogging at blog.openhelix.com and personalgenomics.us, as well as participating at many other blogs. Oh: and I'm probably more Neandertal than you are.
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  • University of Massachusetts Amherst
    Microbiology and Immunology, 1983 - 1988
  • Mount Holyoke College
    Biology, 1988 - 1990
  • University of Rochester
    Cell, Molecular, Developmental Biology, 1990 - 1996
  • The Jackson Laboratory
    Bioinformatics, 1996 - 1998
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