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Paul T Morrison
Works at ✔ Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Attended University of Massachusetts Amherst
Lives in ✔ Boston, MA
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  • University of Massachusetts Amherst
    Botany, 1974 - 1978
  • University of Massachusetts Boston
    Biology
  • Massachusetts College of Art
    Ceramics, pottery
  • Massachusetts Horticultural Society
    Lichenology
  • Lawrence High School
    Falmouth, MA
  • Immaculate Heart of Mary School
    Indianapolis, IN
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MBCF , Polymerase, Luciferase , paultmorrison
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Tinkerer, familiar with tools, DNA sequencers, mass spectrometers, chainsaws, pottery wheels, xyzzy
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To find the official Paul T Morrison go to the Harvard Directory.


This Google Plus account is owned and operated by Paul T Morrison. The opinions expressed here may not reflect those of my university, institute, staff, colleagues, friends, family, dog, or the Rubber Duck.

If you want the official answer to your question or you want to send me your cv please contact me on LinkedIn or go directly to my primary lab website and click on PEOPLE top right.

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If you arrived here searching for stories about the Rubber Duck, start here with my articles in Good Morning Gloucester. If you are interested in what my day job is go to my MBCF lab website.
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35 years toiling at the molecular biology wet bench. Part-time science writer on multiple sites and Rubber Duck chronicler on the biggest and best blog on the North Shore (of Boston, Massachusetts, New England, United States of America), Good Morning Gloucester.
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Scientist, Potter, embarrassing my children.
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  • ✔ Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Boston, Massachusetts, United States
    Principal Scientist, present
  • ✔ Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
    Director, Molecular Biology Core Facilities, present
  • ✔ Harvard Medical School
    Principal Associate in Biological Chemistry and Molecular Pharmacology, present
  • ✔ Paul T Morrison Biotechnology Consultants
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  • ✔ Harvard University
    Director, Molecular Biology and Genomics Core Facility, present
  • ✔ Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
    Associate Director Blais Proteomics Center, present
  • •Marine Biological Laboratory of Woods Hole, •Grain Mill of Falmouth •Cap'n Kidd of Woods Hole,•Otis Air Force Base, Falmouth, •Sheraton Hotel of Falmouth, etc.
    •Dishwasher •freight car unloader •cashier •gopher •lab rat •nail puller •painter (of wood) •weed puller •catheter changer •electrode maker •electron microscopist •etc, 1972 - 1980
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✔ Rockport, MA - ✔ Wayland, MA - Indianapolis, IN - Amherst, MA - Woods Hole, MA - Gloucester, MA - Cambridge, MA - Watertown, MA - Brighton, MA - Zihuatanejo, Mexico - Tiloo Cay, Bahamas - Paris, France - Torrey, Utah - Cape Breton, Nova Scotia - ✔ = denotes current, others I stayed at least a month.
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1) Celestial Pin Ball continues tonight with Venus practically slamming into Jupiter in the western sky over Cape Ann just after sunset. I posted about it here and here. But we live in New England so we have missed the approach of Venus in the past week…
1) Celestial Pin Ball continues tonight with Venus practically slamming into Jupiter in the western sky over Cape Ann just after sunset. I posted about it here and here. But we live in New England ...
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July 9, 2005. In my photos, by clicking over in the pop up calendar. But G+ did not exist in 2005. And I took these photos in 2009.

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4 years ago G+ began. 14 days later I posted this privately not really knowing what that meant. It was sent to the 5 people who followed me at the time. 
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Just got invited into Google Plus by Amanda.
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Diabetics can thank GMOs for their insulin. But it is time for us cheese lovers to also thank genetic engineering.
Saving millions of unweaned baby cows from being slaughtered for their rennet containing stomach is also a plus.
If you read the whole article you might figure out why "GMOs need to be labeled!" doesn't make much sense.
 
GOT CHEESE? - then you probably got GMO

"By any measure, the use of GMOs in the production of cheese is among the greatest feats of modern food science. But today, that achievement is often ignored, disowned, and overlooked.... This is the story of how genetic engineering saved the cheese industry, and how it continues to satisfy one of our biggest culinary cravings in spite of society’s shaky relationship with GMOs."

http://io9.com/you-can-thank-genetic-engineering-for-your-delicious-ch-1701156684


#ProGMO   #GMO   #Cheese  
It used to be that making cheese meant killing cows. Young cows, specifically—a few days old, at most. The stomach of an unweaned calf produces enzymes that turn liquid milk into good, hard, flavorful cheeses like Parmesan and Cheddar. These enzymes, called rennet, are secreted by mucous membranes that line the calf’s fourth stomach. Harvesting rennet the old fashioned way requires slicing this stomach open, which in turn requires slicing open th...
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It has been decades since the ring of the 100 ton drop forge has been heard at the Cape Ann Tool Company. It took most of 2013 to get the smokestack down. Now it is time to dream about what will go behind the five doors. My wish list: 1) A restaurant:…
It has been decades since the ring of the 100 ton drop forge has been heard at the Cape Ann Tool Company. It took most of 2013 to get the smokestack down. Now it is time to dream about what will go...
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lime kool aid
 
I have a Storify of my new #GMO campaign. I will be commenting on posts with stupid images and linking to this, and I will be writing directly to the art/photo editors at legit* sites and explaining this problem to them. Feel free to link to this in posts you see using the same types of dreadful images.

*I say legit because you know nutburgers don't care, and are using this exactly in the scary manner intended.
We've had it. Scientists are pleading with writers, photo and art directors, and anyone involved in choosing graphics for a site to stop using these baseless images with stories.
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Some amazing collisions in our summer skies this summer and to really appreciate it you have to look at the darkened sky over the sunset starting tonight. It will be pretty easy to pick out Venus as the brightest object above the horizon. Then check out…
Some amazing collisions in our summer skies this summer and to really appreciate it you have to look at the darkened sky over the sunset starting tonight. It will be pretty easy to pick out Venus a...
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It's alive!
 
The European Space Agency (Esa) says its comet lander, Philae, has woken up and contacted Earth.
Philae, the first spacecraft to land on a comet, was dropped on to the surface of Comet 67P by its mothership, Rosetta, last November.

It worked for 60 hours before its solar-powered battery ran flat. The comet has since moved nearer to the sun and Philae has enough power to work again, says the BBC's science correspondent Jonathan Amos.

The probe tweeted the message, "Hello Earth! Can you hear me?"

Jean-Yves Le Gall, the president of France's CNES space agency, told AFP that Philae had sent signals for a period of two minutes "as well as 40 seconds worth of data".

Philae is designed to analyse ice and rock on the comet.

The Rosetta probe took 10 years to reach the comet, and the lander - about the size of a washing-machine - bounced at least a kilometre when it touched down.

_Its exact location on the comet has since been a mystery.
However, Esa said on Thursday that it might have located it from images and other data from the mothership._

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The European Space Agency says its comet lander, Philae, has woken up and contacted Earth.
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It really is amazing and the sequence of events, the stuff that did not work and did work to hide it in a dark crevasse on comet 67p is mind boggling.

Before it landed they knew that the down thruster that was supposed to hold it down while the anchor bolts were fired was busted. The anchor bolts did not fire and it bounced a couple miles away. If the downthruster had worked it would have rebounded off the surface never to return.

Why? 100 kilo Philae, 220 pounds, the size and weight of your standard washing machine. Nice mass but on comet 67P which has a mass of Mount Fuji, that means not much gravity. How much? Philae has a gravity attraction to 67P as if it weighed a standard sized piece of paper. 220 pound mass so not like you can pick it up like a piece of paper but once it starts moving away it keeps on going.

And the killer awesome thing that has happened. If everything had worked Philae would be cooked and dead months ago. Stuck out in the open it would have done some nice science but it would have burned out.

But now, hidden in a crevice we might get the greatest show ever as the comet heats up. Philae is on the head of the rubber duck. By August when the sun is cooking this comet that head might pop off!  And we might have a front row seat. Or not. This piece of paper sits on a chunk of ice and dirt that will be boiling and jetting.
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European Science’s Great Leap Backward - The New Yorker
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Scientific achievement has become a questionable priority in both Europe and the United States. Increasingly, we express contempt for the id

Illuminating the Interactome | The Scientist Magazine®
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A massive screen yields the most comprehensive map of binary human protein interactions to date.

The Quest for Myself
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Corsica, Bastia, The East Coast. It Is High Time To Express My Opinion (IV) On The Green Peace and The Whales My sympathy to this movement l

Genetic Data Clarify Insect Evolution | The Scientist Magazine®
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Researchers create a phylogenetic tree of insects by comparing the sequences of 1,478 protein-coding genes among species.

Granite
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If you've only had local experiences, 'rock' and 'granite' are synonymous. It's hard to distinguish something utterly common when you can't

Amazon Kindle Voyage Gets Praise for New Features, Scorn for Pricing
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While it may not sound like much to spend $199 for a tablet-like device, many believe that two hundred dollars is too high a price to pay fo

Green Groups Go To War On Scientific Reform In Europe
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It is, perhaps, not the best of times for Greenpeace. Many of its supporters are angered at the revelation that a senior executive has been

Genome Editing Cuts Out HIV | The Scientist Magazine®
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Researchers use the CRISPR/Cas9 method to remove the virus from the host genome in human cell lines.

An entire bacterial genome discovered inside that of a fruit fly
phenomena.nationalgeographic.com

Bacteria have the ability to transfer genes to one another. Now, scientists have found that one species, Wolbachia, has managed to transfer

Leaving the Anti-Vaccine Movement - Voices For Vaccines
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I can’t tell you how I became pro-vaccine without first telling you how I became anti-vaccine. When my oldest daughter was about four months

Genetically Engineered Bananas – Audiommunity with Pamela Ronald | Food ...
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Bananas are delicious. Personally, my favorite consumption methods are in oatmeal or cereal, in smoothies, or just on their own (for the rec

Food wars | COSMOS magazine
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Modern agriculture is under attack. Critics blame it for polluting the planet, destroying forests and damaging human health. In its place th

I just used The ABRF MarketPlace to find a core and it was Amazeballs!
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Check it out. The last time I looked I knew I wasn't getting a comprehensive list of cores in my area, now it has everyone. I found some com

Rainbow Garage Inc
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When Will Genomics Cure Cancer?
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A conversation with the biogeneticist Eric S. Lander about how genetic advances are transforming medical treatment

Mandatory GMO food labeling -- a subsidy for the organic food industry
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In his 11/17/13 Boulder Daily Camera Guest Commentary, Craig Shiesley, vice president of White Wave Foods, argues for mandatory, national GM

Offsetting Behaviour: If it scares, it leads
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I can't really blame the journalists. They're effectively in the infotainment business. And if punters are more likely to buy newspapers wit

Calaca-A-Day 365 Project Day 298 - +Paul T Morrison
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Day 298 - +Paul T Morrison For anyone I draw - you are more than welcome or rather encouraged to right click - save as download these, color

OS X 10.9 Mavericks: The Ars Technica Review
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No longer an apex predator, OS X takes some time for introspection.

Amazing place. Rare photo of Seldom Seen with my daughter.
Public - 10 months ago
reviewed 10 months ago
Fresh fish, shrimp, clams, and all sorts of premade stuff like crab cakes (very tasty) shrimp cakes. Paul Prudhomme's Cajun Spice for the native shrimp, powdered Wasabi for the tuna and salmon that is so fresh just eat it raw on the ride home. This is across the street from the Cape Ann Brewery. Good combo is Fisherman's IPA with the native shrimp. You can get them with the heads on.
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reviewed 10 months ago
These guys will bend over backwards to find you the part you need and their prices are cheaper than going over the bridge to the Apple Store.
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reviewed 2 years ago
Bodin Historic Photo is an eclectic mix of fine art, fine crafts, fine doo-dads. If you are ever trying to get that one gift for the person who has everything you will find something at Bodin's. Old historic maps, historic photos that have been redone from the original glass negatives, beautifly framed. Even if you are a skeptic you'll walk out of there with a print of the Gloucester Sea Serpent. In the heart of the West End of Gloucester. Tons of cool shops and restaurants.
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Quality: ExcellentAppeal: ExcellentService: Excellent
Public - 2 years ago
reviewed 2 years ago
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Around 400 feet north on 103 on the right is the famous rock: "Chicken Farmer I still love you."
Public - a year ago
reviewed a year ago
The beers are top notch. The fish and chips, fisherman's platter, the haddock sandwich, they do one of the tastiest fried fish (usually haddock) around. You're in Gloucester and you're getting fresh fish.Rest of the menu is decent too I just gravitate to the fresh fish. They make their own fries and potato chips. Wicked. Gets loud when packed but service even when crowded is quick and friendly. Take out growlers. Bring the empties back! Great deal.
Food: ExcellentDecor: ExcellentService: Excellent
Public - 2 years ago
reviewed 2 years ago
Washed dishes in the Kidd back in 1975. I remember twice when the bouncers kicked people out. One came back with his motorcycle to the end of the bar and back. the other must have been a tree surgeon as he brought back a chainsaw and cut the door down the middle. I'm sure the bar has changed since then. The food was OK. The after hours party was the best.
Public - 3 years ago
reviewed 3 years ago