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Mary Mangan
Attended University of Massachusetts Amherst
Lived in Somerville MA
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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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Bwaa-haa-haa!

Hari does not have any sort of degree in food science or chemistry, but that does not seem to be an impediment....
Did you know that the calcium pill you may be popping contains the same chemical found in gravestones?
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Good article. Well said.
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Fascinating--a study of the mutations in blood cells from a 115-year old person. Now, this is N=1, I know. But still interesting--not many data sets like that to look at.

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RT @naomiattar: Genome sequencing of various tissues in a 115-yr-old woman finds somatic mutations in the healthy blood compartment http://t.co/K3LcFZpRyf .
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Oooh--hot off the twitterz. This is worth some time while I'm on a plane tomorrow.... Great group of authors. And #openaccess  
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Nice list. I know #agriculture   drones are going to be really useful, and the #GMO monkeys were very impressive.

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_RT @antonioregalado: Our annual list of 10 tech milestones: GM monkey, VR display, agile robot,  micro 3D printing, and more. http://t.co/yGIZKWg0wm_
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Here is a farmer's video feed of his agriculture drone just a few days ago:

https://plus.google.com/u/0/+BrianScott01/posts/4eWyt78nUUk
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Holy hell--the milkbots! And the cows like 'em!

“One day we came in and they had started milking themselves.”

The machines also never complain about getting up early, working late or being kicked.
Farms in upstate New York and elsewhere are using automatic milkers that scan and map the underbellies of cows, extract the milk, and monitor its quality, without the use of human hands.
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+Jyoti Dahiya The average number of cows per farm in Wisconsin is now at 117. The only farms with less than 50 cows these days able to support a family have essentially no debt. Dairy farming is expensive, it's all about cash flow. Some good statistics if you follow this link. http://www.wmmb.com/assets/images/pdf/WisconsinDairyData.pdf 
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Keith Kloor looks at false balance in media coverage.

#GMO  
I recently gave a talk on agricultural biotechnology and the media to a graduate class taught by Calestous Juma at Harvard's Kennedy school. I spoke about
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Why would anyone invest money and time into crop improvement if there was no economic return? The Plant Variety Protection Act was created in the 70s to protect IP. We gain 2 bu a year in corn and 1 bu per year in soybeans through traditional plant breeding. We need to constantly improve plant genetics if we want to feed 9 billion people by 2050.
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Beware of dragons. No, really.

Via +William Marler on twitter:
RT @bmarler: Oregon cracks salmonella outbreak traced to bearded dragons that sickens more than 130  http://t.co/JDpeQZQr9B .
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Heck yes.
Personally, I wish there was a right of ownership test for exotic species.
It would limit the risk to both creature and human, and give a kick start to those that actually want to keep them. 
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Ezra Klein lets Michael Pollan spout the let them eat kale mantra.

Right. Pots of squash here, and it's all sorted.

+Ezra Klein should really seek out scientists who have studied #GoldenRice .
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I heard about this too late for the #earthday2014 push, but that doesn't matter. This researcher aims to collect the sounds of ecosystems around the world--and you can help.

This is an unusual idea, but really interesting to me. Listening to what's going on around the world. And it's really best sourced by people who know their regions. He wants urban and wild, and everything in between too.

Anyway--download the app and simply record, answer a few questions, and you are doing #citizenscience !
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I like the idea of a wide range of landscapes though--including urban areas. I would love to listen to a recording of a street in Boston from 200 years ago. you know?
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OMG--DNA Day is Friday and I thought I lost my DNA necklace. But I found it in my travel bag. That's handy because I'm on the road doing UCSC Genome Browser and GenoCAD workshops on Friday.

I have to buy another Darwin Tree from +Amy Roth soon though. I was at the skeptics conference (where I got compliments on it) and it unscrewed  and fell off on a hard cement floor. It's now in 3 pieces. It was not an omen, just an accident.
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I've been wearing a spin pin (neat double-helix hair pin) on a chain as a necklace lately, hoping people would think it's an abstract nod to DNA.
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