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This is no Seurat. It’s not an Andy Warhol. And it’s not your grandmother's cross-stitch, either. Scientists at NYU Langone Medical Center have genetically altered basic yeast and created these images in living color. This is a live yeast portrait of Gregor Mendel, far right, the ultimate nod to the father of modern genetics. For centuries, humans have played around with yeast. In ancient days, we domesticated it to make beer and bread. This artw...
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I salute the folks who get the DNA into the databases, so that I don't have to. I'm quite sure I'd be a #fieldworkfail  candidate if I had to do this sort of thing. 
 
Solitary, nocturnal lorises poop about once a day. For biologist Mary Blair finding a sample is "like striking gold." 
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If you haven't seen it, the #fieldworkfail  twitter thread is excruciating, hilarious, and remarkable. Researchers are sharing their stories of what work in the field can be like. Sometimes with photos.
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The Risk Monger opted out of decaf today, apparently. He's on fire. 

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Eco-religious zealots use precaution today to spread fear like medieval campaigns during the Great Plague of London
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Yep.. they arent environmentalists
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I'm in. 

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3 reason why Nobel Prize winning, American scientist Barbara McClintock should be the woman selected for the new $10 bill #TheNew10 #Barbara10
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Nice piece on some #GMO  cattle. They can avoid the painful process of de-horning the bovines with just a little bit of gene editing. Unless anti-GMO folks want to keep this procedure going. That would be painful.
Scott Fahrenkrug thinks he can tweak farm animals' genes to make them happier and healthier.
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sory.. the land of luddites had nothing to be proud of.. Right now they are waging a war in the middle east to make way for the woobie to come back..

Nice try and thanks for the idiot attempt at patronisation.
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That's an incredibly deceptive clip. You don't say anywhere that this is a computational model and you haven't bothered to actually measure these in actual soy samples. You also don't note that your software isn't available for people to test and see how accurate your hypothetical values are. 

But I'm sure you are now running to your email to answer +Kevin Folta's offer to test these in real samples. He's eager for you come and do the work. http://kfolta.blogspot.com/2015/07/gmo-formaldehyde-challenge.html

Hmm. Other people say they aren't seeing my comment publicly on this video. I'm going to try a G+ share instead, in case they are being deleted. This is a copy of what I said over there.

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+Dave Pentecost thanks, that's both hilarious and frightening. But not at all surprising. It does seem that the worst kind of liars are attracted to the anti-gmo move!ent, like the homeopaths funding that guy Seralini...
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The subject of extinction and de-extinction are much in the news at the moment, but discussions tend to focus on the loss or resurrection of charismatic animals like tigers or tyrannosaurs. Where is the talk of the plant species that have been lost and that might be worth bringing back?

Not sure how I missed this last month. Must have been the holiday. 
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And then of course there are the viruses: http://goo.gl/3o7fQC
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My weeky SNPpets post, with tidbits of interesting things I find on twitter during the week, includes a couple of very cool things. The profile of Hadley Wickham, who "revolutionized R", is one of the best nerd profiles I have ever read.

But I also loved the new Legume Federation. 
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Thats now..  stop being worried how technology gets disseminated as long as its eventually universal.
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Hey folk-- +Tamar Haspel asks us to weigh in on this. After I stop laughing, I will. 

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“Hey you guys! @robertagreer says GMO opponents have "biology backgrounds" and supporters are "just" journos & economists." Wanna weigh in?”
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I despise the "but non-biologists have [better/more objective] insight than biologists because X" type of argument that seems to shine through there. It's all to common among certain people.

Further, I don't even care to go down the "xy trials over whatever time frame" route.
That's already buying into the fallacy that GMOs are somehow a different thing to "normal" organisms.

https://twitter.com/DRO_oDR/status/626125013582680064

Leads to a potentially more positive dialogue (how does plant breeding work, why does conventional breeding take so long, what's a good ag plant, why has biotech so much to offer) and completely ships around Séralini-type arguments and "we need more testing". No, we don't. We need less testing, even.
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I didn't know #signsunday was a thing. But I was looking through some old photos today and this one made me laugh.

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Did not know #signsunday  was a thing. Must dig up my waffle warning.
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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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