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Paul T Morrison
Works at ✔ Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Attended University of Massachusetts Amherst
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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
  • Falmouth High School
    Falmouth, MA
  • Lawrence High School
    Falmouth, MA
  • Belzer Middle School
    Indianapolis, IN
  • Immaculate Heart of Mary School
    Indianapolis, IN
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Tinkerer, familiar with tools, DNA sequencers, mass spectrometers, chainsaws, pottery wheels, and carbon fiber.
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To find the official Paul T Morrison go to the Harvard Directory.

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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 sequencing genes, cloning genes, over expressing the proteins then finding big expensive instruments that will do it faster. 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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  • ✔ Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Boston, Massachusetts, United States
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    Principal Associate in Biological Chemistry and Molecular Pharmacology, present
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    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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Write a letter to McDonald's and tell them you want Innate french fries that are earth friendly. Less fungicide, less wastage, less cancer causing acrylamide. It is a potato that has potato genes inserted or silenced. It's a potato. McDonald's fear that people will not eat their french fries is unwarranted. Or it should be.

Save land, water, less pesticides, less cancer. I want that french fry. Enough of the fear mongering. Did I mention that Monsanto did not make it?

#GMO   #GMOs    #Innate   #mcdonalds  
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Baby daughter goes to college on Sunday so she asked three friends up for lobster. Dad goes to Joey’s Dock and ten lobsters leap off the transom directly into my five gallon pot.
Baby daughter goes to college on Sunday so she asked three friends up for lobster. Dad goes to Joey's Dock and ten lobsters leap off the transom directly into my five gallon pot.
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That's interesting, pretty much call everyone who does not believe in consensus science idiots and poof I rocket past a million views with 28,000 additional views in just an hour. I don't normally keep track of stuff like this but a million is a big number so I was watching.

Don Pardo, what does Paul T win?
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That graph is shaped like a hockey stick so it can't be trusted. It's just a theory.
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A one thousand word article too long to read for most points out that in 1966, Time magazine published a 6,000 word article titled, "Is God Dead?" Today, one thousand is TL;DNR and we instead google and sip 50 words at a time to educate ourselves so we can debate science and culture.
We really are getting dumber, no two ways about it. Smart people are getting smarter but the dumb ones run the show. They must have a say, Evolution, climate change, vaccines, GMOs, even fluoride. Find your hand-picked truth and no amount of scientific fact will sway you.
More than ever, the best available science doesn’t seem to change minds in a civilization of competing ideologies.
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I like +Bernie Sanders but his position on GMOs is a problem. If he gushes about following consensus science about global climate change then he needs to follow consensus science even when his constituency believes in pseudo-science.

Science is not a belief. You can't just pick and choose what science you believe in because you like it. Sometimes science is the uncomfortable choice.
The desire to eat organic and the opposition to genetic modification technology in agriculture can be primal and precautionary to a fault. But real progressives separate primitive emotions to take solution-focused positions.
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The biggest problem is that after sending in a donation I am going to be invited to a meet and greet of the local Bernie supporters. Cool, I like to talk to people who in favor of free tuition and single payer health care, no more stupid wars, stuff like that. But if I go to one of these things and laid out on the dining room table are a bunch of "DEMAND GMO LABELING" pamphlets and  I will have to run to the car before the lack of oxygen kills me.

Bernie's actual position papers on GMOs agree with the consensus science. He fails to see though that labeling is an important issue that he is on the wrong side of. I sent him an email. I hope he reads it. This kind of stuff will kill him.

In some ways, right now, he is like Trump. An unsuspecting person who thinks, "cool, a successful businessman" I'll vote for him but then he goes to a meet and greet and everyone is a racist.

Same with Bernie. Except the people in the room do not believe in science. They think they do. They think the Republicans have a lock on that because of climate change denialism. But they are in some sense worse.

Both could be gone by the time the leaves fall.
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The dose makes the poison. I posted this link at the end of a long dumb thread but it needs its own post. 

Cami Ryan has made this colorful chart (and a great blog post) explaining how the dose does make the poison. Interesting place where glyphosate (that's Roundup herbicide) is placed on the chart.

#GMO #herbicides #Paracelsus  
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Milkweed is a weed. Farmers have to kill weeds. Monsanto is creating swaths of milkweed up from Mexico and is also inducing people to plant it on the roadside.

The irony, it is possible that the monoculture farming of corn and soybeans across the USA for the past 100 years has cranked up the Monarch population to unnatural numbers. Tilling fields was the best thing to do to make a Milkweed crop go crazy. Now that glyphosate kills weeds without the need for tilling the milkweed population has gone down. We are saving topsoil and going to a more natural environment in the midwest and the Monarchs who liked the yearly tilling and soil loss are declining.

But the biggest reason for Monarch decline is habitat loss in Mexico. .Hundreds of acres of pure Monarch are now down to isolated acres. Another irony, the Monarchs are very susceptible to cold and energy loss while hibernating in Mexico. The slightest disturbance will kill millions.

Tour buses of butterfly lovers are double parked right next to the sign that says "40 people in the reserve at one time please". Hundreds of them, buses, on horseback, kicking up dust that kills the Monarchs led by people who make a lot of money on the Monarchs and blame Monsanto on their decline when they should be blaming themselves.
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Mother Jones believes irradiated food is cool? What is the world coming to? Next they might even like Golden Rice.

ps. do not read the comments. Nut jobs galore reading Mother Jones.
Zapping food with radiation could prevent dangerous foodborne illness outbreaks—if only consumers would get behind the idea.
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It is a worry but that is what food inspection with good rules and regs are for. Keep people from making stupid choices like irradiating the cow that slid through the factory.

We might also be getting to a point where actually the taste is the important part. With locally grown crops and animals people are realizing that fresh is important. Irradiated meat from the other side of the world will be, at least, cheaper.
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Rockport, Harvey Park, across the street from the Red Skiff that you might be able to get into if you wait two more weeks and the tourists have left. But go now. Buy a chicken that was just a puffy little chick at Seaview Farm earlier this summer. Now…
Rockport, Harvey Park, across the street from the Red Skiff that you might be able to get into if you wait two more weeks and the tourists have left. But go now. Buy a chicken that was just a puffy...
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This really hits home. Why are we now in the 21st century living longer healthier lives because of experts living and dead but now we no longer listen to them? In science I can name my five favorite topics, evolution, climate change, vaccinations, GMOs, and fluoride as five things people now consider as points to argue about.

But experts say there is nothing to argue about. Sure they argue but not about stuff that Jenny McCarthy and Dr Mercola argue about.

Consensus science is brought to you by experts on all five of those topics. If you are arguing against the consensus either you are an expert in the field or you are stupid and or ignorant. No other nice way to say it.

This article brings up much larger global issues that are not science based but there are experts in those fields too. We should listen to those experts along with the science experts.
To reject the notion of expertise, and to replace it with a sanctimonious insistence that every person has a right to his or her own opinion, is silly.
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Maybe not the best ones to consult +Jeff Green but they can help. Food waste, big waste, is a political, logistical, and a transportation problem. How to get food in the right place in front of hungry people. War and conflict screws that up more than anything so starting with the politics would be the best course of action.

But in the meantime we could grow the new GMO Innate potato. It doesn't turn brown and rot as quickly. Estimates are that 30% of the crop would not be thrown out before getting to the supermarket. About the same numbers with the Arctic Apple, does not brown up so people ill eat more and throw away less. Both are simple cisgenic gene transfers or simple deletions. 30% less wastage, 30% less transportation of soon to be rotten fruit, 30% less carbon footprint. There are dozens of examples like this. Instead of trying to build Whole Foods in 3rd world countries to supply fresh produce (talk about food waste)  to deliver Vitamin A use Golden Rice too. It stores, it transports, and it delivers enough Vitamin A in a one cup a day serving to prevent blindness and death in children.

Circling back to the political solution, war and strife initiate a majority of times because of drought and misery. Best place to start a war. If you can plant crops that are drought resistant, it couldn't hurt. Or it does, it hurts the reputation of Greenpeace because they will not accept a GMO solution for anything.

The solutions to so much food wastage sometimes are very counter intuitive. I love locally grown food. I can afford it but if you look at the fine details locally grown food can sometimes waste more energy than getting the same crop from a large farm in California that is much more efficient. I am not giving up on my locally grown food but I also do not look at it as a long term solution for food waste and other problems with the food supply chain.
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Dick Cheney's Halliburton made billions of dollars from the Iraq war. In World War II, one contractor was deployed for every seven soldiers. During the 2003 invasion, that number had increased to one for every 2.4. By 2006, contractors outnumbered soldiers in Iraq. They NEED war with Iraq.
‪#‎IranDeal‬ ‪#‎DiplomacyNotWar‬
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The dose makes the poison. I posted this link at the end of a long dumb thread but it needs its own post. 

Cami Ryan has made this colorful chart (and a great blog post) explaining how the dose does make the poison. Interesting place where glyphosate (that's Roundup herbicide) is placed on the chart.

#GMO #herbicides #Paracelsus  
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I come back later to an especially long thread and because I started it I am now getting, "some comments removed as spam" you can click "restore".

But if I have a day job it might be a day later and someone might be angry that I have deleted their comment. This has happened a dozen times in the past two days and none of the comments are spam. I might not like them, except I like all comments, but I restore them all eventually if I can find them. But if I have posted more than a couple things this could cause a problem.

What if there is someone out there who wants to go postal on me because I did not allow their comment in my thread? Is there a way to turn this anti-spam off?

#spam   #ilovespam   #spamspamspamspam   #spamityspam  
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The Death Of Expertise
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To reject the notion of expertise, and to replace it with a sanctimonious insistence that every person has a right to his or her own opinion

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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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

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Green Groups Go To War On Scientific Reform In Europe
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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
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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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Food wars | COSMOS magazine
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When Will Genomics Cure Cancer?
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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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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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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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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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Around 400 feet north on 103 on the right is the famous rock: "Chicken Farmer I still love you."
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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.
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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.
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