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Works at ✔ Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Boston, Massachusetts, United States
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It’s March! what so awesome about March Rubber Duck? It’s followed by April! And April is when we start making “Seasonal Openings 2015!” From Top Dog usually the last day of March to The Rudder right around Tax Day with Lobsta Land, Capt Carlos, Dairy…
It's March! what so awesome about March Rubber Duck? It's followed by April! And April is when we start making "Seasonal Openings 2015!" From Top Dog usually the last day of March to The Rudder rig...
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+Paul T Morrison Sorry, it did get confusing. My point with CCD wasn't that GMO was involved. I hadn't read anything that correlated GMO to CCD. At least half of what I came across did include the pesticide, including articles in late 2014 and early 2015.

My point was simply that this pesticide had been tested. Presumably, "long term" tested. Presumably by competent scientists as well. Despite what I presume to be thorough and honest research into the effects of this pesticide it looked like it could be a culprit in CCD. At the very least, it seemed reasonable to researchers that it could be the culprit. Reinforcing the notion that even our best efforts at testing fail at times. With a pesticide you just stop selling it and start mitigating the damage. With a fertile GMO plant, especially ones that we may have engineered to outcompete their ancestors by being drought or disease resistant, they may become invasive. There may be gene flow to similar plants near by. If an unintended consequence arises, we can stop selling the seed but that doesn't stop the spread of the plant or escalation of the newly discovered damage. The crops are in the wild and you have to mitigate that somehow. And given our track record with noxious weeds and invasive species I don't have a lot of hope that we can contain a GMO crop. So I asked about the protocol for containment.

I'm not an alarmist but plenty of pharmaceuticals have been studied only later to be pulled from the market. New studies show that early screening for cancer is actually harmful in some cancers and there's a bit of a fight over mammograms because of this. Medicine seems to be the most visible field with reversals but it happens in other fields as well. Suggesting the regulatory framework and the standard set of tests isn't quite adequate in regards to the testing it requires.

Extrapolating to other fields... It seems prudent to question if long term studies are long enough. If the breadth of the study is broad enough. If the environment or system something resides within is understood thoroughly enough. I'm not the expert in the field. But I am always skeptical whether it is Big Pharma with a new wonder drug or LHC's discovery of the Higgs-Boson. However, when something could be harmful and it is self-propagating I think that warrants a higher level of scrutiny and caution.

I always try to provide links/references when making a point. I also try to read the links provided. However, your link will have to wait I haven't gotten much done at work today.
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If you eat organic and donate to organizations that further goals of eating organic make sure they are not bullshit fronts for people who are making a lot of money creating fear. Or worse, tar and feathering good scientists like Kevin Folta.

Eat local, eat organic, but don't be an asshole, like GMOInside.
All of my private emails are being turned over as per Gary Ruskin's request for public records via US-RTK as planned.  There was never any push back, no question of our compliance.  But this appeared across the internet tod...
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After the relentless Snowzilla #1 through #4 even a well insulated house is going to have an ice dam. Ice freezes along the roof line and now any water percolating under the snow gets trapped and backs up under the shingles into your house leaking into…
After the relentless Snowzilla #1 through #4 even a well insulated house is going to have an ice dam. Ice freezes along the roof line and now any water percolating under the snow gets trapped and b...
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Schwanzstuckers, woof!
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  #seagullbuttis   not in the picture and it's not   #seagullbuttsaturday  around here because all the  are cancelled on account of snow.
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Every time she says "friends" I would change to "friendo" but otherwise totally agree.
Dear Every American Who Doesn't Believe in Science: I know you are smart.  I know you care about your kids, your family, your pets.  I know you are a basically decent human being who wants to do ri...
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+Paul T Morrison Hi Paul, I believe this the article is from a series on food NGM has done over the past year which discussed in length the value of GMO food. I receive hard copies of the magazine.


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In all my years of social media this is the first petition I have ever posted. Scientists who know their way around food science are being attacked by using the freedom of information act to dig through all their emails. This same tactic was used on climate scientists researching global climate change. Let's make this tactic backfire the way it did then. Show your support for science. Sign the petition. Show your disdain for pseudoscience and witchcraft by sharing the link. ‪#‎science14‬
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In part I and II Rubber Duck has pointed out that the world today in 2015 in the United States and for most parts of the world is a safer place than it has ever been in the totality of the history of the world. Crime, disease, food to eat, clean water to…
In part I and II Rubber Duck has pointed out that the world today in 2015 in the United States and for most parts of the world is a safer place than it has ever been in the totality of the history ...
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First a shout out to Maplewood Car Wash. Rubber Duck says there is nothing that makes the day just a little bit sunnier than driving around in a shiny vehicle. And you may ask, “Paul, is that an environmentally sound decision to drive a half ton Pick Up…
First a shout out to Maplewood Car Wash. Rubber Duck says there is nothing that makes the day just a little bit sunnier than driving around in a shiny vehicle. And you may ask, "Paul, is that an en...
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Holy cow, New England weather is going to give us clear skies tonight as an impressive threesome happens after sunset. Here’s the deal. There was a supermoon last night but it’s a new moon so no one saw it. It means tonight it is one humongous thin…
Holy cow, New England weather is going to give us clear skies tonight as an impressive threesome happens after sunset. Here's the deal. There was a supermoon last night but it's a new moon so no on...
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Looking nice and toasty warm.

BTW, I came across this the other day (while looking for a hut shoe level) -
http://www.focalprice.com/DI0956Y/Lovely_Little_Yellow_Duck_Design_Hot_Shoe_Cover_Cap_Protector_for_Cameras.html
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Perfect. I got a dog at my house that did this but just too windy for a photo. I could take a photo of her peeing in the kitchen with her Nope Face on.
 
This image adorably tells the story of NOPE.
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Is that custom woven white wool? OMG 
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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
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Tinkerer, familiar with tools, DNA sequencers, mass spectrometers, chainsaws, pottery wheels, xyzzy
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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.

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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
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    Director, Molecular Biology Core Facilities, present
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    Principal Associate in Biological Chemistry and Molecular Pharmacology, present
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    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.
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European Science’s Great Leap Backward - The New Yorker
www.newyorker.com

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®
www.the-scientist.com

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®
www.the-scientist.com

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
www.modernreaders.com

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®
www.the-scientist.com

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
www.voicesforvaccines.org

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.
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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."
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
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