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Development of Synthetic Flu Vaccines

An excellent video produced by SynBerc during the First Mammalian Synthetic Biology Workshop held at MIT in May 2013. [contentblock id=7 img=iframe.png]

Google DNA Map

I owe to Mary Mangan from OpenHelix this gem. Apparently, her readers enjoyed this video very much. I had a lot of fun watching it. After you had a good laugh, stop for a minute and think about it. Is...

Imagine what we can do together

LinkedIn just published this video as part of their 10 year anniversary. I like the way it frames the relations between personal aspirations and the need of others to move in that direction. Lately I have encouraged everyone in the...

Figshare: Take my data! Take my money!

I love Figshare! We are getting used to the idea of using this wonderful resource for sharing all sorts of information as they become available. It is easy. It provides valuable statistics in real-time. Figshare is progressively becoming an integral part...

Dear Editors

Dear Editors, Thank you for the rejection of our paper. As you know we receive a great many rejections, and unfortunately it is not possible for us to accept all of them. Your rejection was carefully reviewed by three experts...

Play time: life science games

Our job is fun! We spend our days playing with DNA sequences. We design oligos, verify sequences, make sizable amounts of DNA out of thin air. We also play with yeast cells. We make them change gender. We make them...

The A-Myth

In 1999, I left a tenured position in a French university to create a software company in Seattle. This was the high of the dot com boom when investors would put a seven figure valuation on any PowerPoint presentation. We...

Twice or half the money?

In the January 31st, 2013 issue of Nature, Skip Garner published a comment entitled “Research funding: Same work, twice the money?“. In this article Garner and his collaborators report the results of a large scale analysis of grant applications submitted to...

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