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Sara Anderson
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Attended University of Idaho
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This barely warm, sunny Spring day calls for a quiche.  I admit I bought my crust, but still.  
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Craig Venter - DARPA Keynote.

Very interesting 25 minute keynote talk by Craig Venter at a recent DARPA session. Informal and engaging, Venter weaves through the recent history, current status, and future directions of DNA sequencing, genomics, and synthetic biology.

You'll be surprised at the current capabilities of a very few organisations building out the edges of what is possible. Recall Gibson: The future is already here, it's just not evenly distributed yet and project volumes, cost reduction, miniaturisation, maturation, and decentralisation. 

One of a number of highlights includes a working device able to read a specification and print out on demand DNA, RNA, proteins, etc, and which they have tried to wrap in security to prevent "printing" ebola for example. But this device already exists; it's only a matter of when, not if, you'll have a device in your home able to program and synthesise novel living systems, vaccines, and biomolecules. 

#syntheticbiology   #craigventer   #genomics  
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Evidence-based medicine: Save blood, save lives

Transfusions are one of the most overused treatments in modern medicine, at a cost of billions of dollars. Researchers are working out how to cut back.

Between 2007 and 2014, at least six more large, randomized trials were published5–10, each comparing restrictive guidelines to liberal ones. These trials enrolled patients with a wide variety of conditions — septic shock, traumatic brain injuries, gastrointestinal bleeding — as well as children in intensive care, adults undergoing cardiac surgery and older adults having hip surgery. All six studies revealed that patients fare just as well, and sometimes better, when doctors use lower haemoglobin thresholds.
Transfusions are one of the most overused treatments in modern medicine, at a cost of billions of dollars. Researchers are working out how to cut back.
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If You Actually Cared About the Environment
Problem: Obesity Problem: carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere leading to global warming Do the math.  One of these problems solves the other. Fat contains a lot of carbon.  If people are getting so obese, they're a fantastic carbon sink.  So do your par...
Problem: Obesity Problem: carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere leading to global warming Do the math.  One of these problems solves the other. Fat contains a lot of carbon.  If people are getting so obese, they're a fantas...
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Frisky squid.
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I'm going to document the neat stuff I see when I go outside.  Follow my observtions on Twitter with the tag #baynaturalist  
Sometimes, a molecular biologist has a lot of time on her hands, and she wants to explore a new environment.  I moved to the San Fransciso bay area a year ago, and love an excuse to get outside and see what this biome has to ...
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So I was going to look up people complaining about how ablist Better Call Saul is in its portayal of Chuck's EMF sensitivity.  Then I realized that people who consider themselves sensitive to electromagnetic radiation probably don't write blogs.  
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I see what you did there :P.

But in taking this way too seriously: I bet they still do write blogs.  Some of them swear how much bluetooth reduces their pain in using their cell phones when they actually get increased exposure to EM waves from the phone in their pocket + the extra bluetooth waves.  I don't see why they couldn't justify some other use of electronics in addition.
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This is my fave animal at Zoo Boise.  
 
Answer to yesterday's trivia - sloth bear! Though they are not actually related to sloths, sloth bears have similar claws that allow them to climb and even hang upside down from branches.
Sloth bears are omnivores and enjoy fruit, insects, eggs, honey, flowers, and more. When looking for insects they use their thick claws to rip apart termite mounds, trees, and old logs. They have a large gap between their front teeth that allows them to suck up insects like a vacuum.
Want to see those vacuum skills in action? Check out the Intermountain Eye Centers Sloth Bear Encounter daily from 10:30-11:30am. For only $3.00 you can feed these majestic creatures (from behind glass) and feel good knowing all the proceeds help to protect endangered species in the wild.
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I wonder what the AZA protocols are for the compassionate and healthy keeping of such an animal.  
 
It’s truly amazing! Only 2 weeks after discovery in eastern British Columbia, Zoo Boise has a Canadian sasquatch on display. Come meet this majestic creature 10am-5pm every day. Keepers describe the 1-year-old female as active and curious.
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I'm watching Ken Burns' new documentary on cancer, and it's so interesting I caught myself thinking, "This is so fun!  I wish I had cancer!"  
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I had bad reception today at the Monterey Bay Aquarium when this question came up.  
squid, invertebrates, hearing, sound, statocysts, statolith, cochlea, sound wave, pressure, seafood
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I tried to get some video of twitterpated egrets but the wind noise overpowers their silly call.
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  • being a human
    2009 - present
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Mountain View, CA 94040
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Boise, ID 83712
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de facto housewife, scientist at heart
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Idaho Democrat with a little bit of hope yet, Troy's Junior Miss 1999. I get to feed giraffes and a sloth bear.
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  • University of Idaho
    molecular biology and biochemistry, 2001 - 2004
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