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December (20)

Have a little personality on Friday...
Friday, December 10, 2010

Thursday is going to be epic...
Thursday, December 9, 2010

Good Night, and Good Luck
Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Ask Genomic RepairMom...Child Birth
Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Wednesday is definitely a rollercoaster
Wednesday, December 8, 2010

12 Months of Blogging Meme
Tuesday, December 7, 2010

LabSpaces Fantasy Football Challenge: Week 13
Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Don't Run Around On A Tuesday
Tuesday, December 7, 2010

A rhetorical question and science fail...
Monday, December 6, 2010

Sue
Monday, December 6, 2010

It definitely doesn't feel like summer...
Monday, December 6, 2010

A Friday Recipe... Stuffed Jalapenos
Friday, December 3, 2010

A Friday morning haiku for you...
Friday, December 3, 2010

Friday better not be your time of dying...
Friday, December 3, 2010

Music Warz--Fuck all you emos--Punk is where its at...
Thursday, December 2, 2010

Is this a sign of things to come...
Thursday, December 2, 2010

Speaking to the next generation...
Thursday, December 2, 2010

Apparently we must have used hypocritical evangelical coders...
Thursday, December 2, 2010

Have an Unbelievable Thursday
Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Don't ge a Gigolo on Wednesday, its just not right.
Wednesday, December 1, 2010
November (44)

LabSpaces Fantasy Football Challenge: Week 12
Tuesday, November 30, 2010

It Might Get Loud On Tuesday
Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Do you know what the Spellcheck button is?
Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Update: I think I'm dying...Science in Motion...
Monday, November 29, 2010

Feel The Noise On a Monday
Monday, November 29, 2010

The jail story...
Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Don't be talking that shit on a Wednesday..
Wednesday, November 24, 2010

The dark danger and human cost of drug development
Tuesday, November 23, 2010

LabSpaces Fantasy Football Challenge: Week 11
Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Thrift Store T Shirt Tuesday
Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Request for Reprint...Should I put on my throwback jersey too?
Monday, November 22, 2010

Moving Boxes, we aren't going a damn place...
Monday, November 22, 2010

Does your brain feel like its going to Pop on a Monday?
Monday, November 22, 2010

Friday Wrap-Up and Links
Friday, November 19, 2010

Believe Me, Its Friday
Friday, November 19, 2010

An Open Letter To The Guy Who Tried To Mug Me...
Thursday, November 18, 2010

Who the hell said it was Thursday?
Thursday, November 18, 2010

Ask Genomic RepairMom...Retractions.
Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Are you in the house?
Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Pay me fuckers
Tuesday, November 16, 2010

LabSpaces Fantasy Football Challenge: Week 10
Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Don't Feed the Animals
Tuesday, November 16, 2010

A Tuesday Morning Book Review...
Tuesday, November 16, 2010

On which I make my return
Monday, November 15, 2010

One of the best discussions on Climate Change...Ever.
Monday, November 15, 2010

Guess who's back?
Monday, November 15, 2010

Lets keep on Rocking on a Friday...
Friday, November 12, 2010

Don't Rock the Boat on a Thursday
Thursday, November 11, 2010

Don't get too Hooked on Wednesday
Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Don't Wine on a Tuesday
Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Caribbean Monday
Monday, November 8, 2010

I'm out...
Monday, November 8, 2010

We call this a teachable moment...
Friday, November 5, 2010

Can't help that its Friday
Friday, November 5, 2010

A comparative study on pain medication reactions (n=2)
Thursday, November 4, 2010

Dear students applying for fellowships...
Thursday, November 4, 2010

Don't be Tempted on a Thursday...
Thursday, November 4, 2010

Ask Genomic RepairMom...Elections
Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Working it out from home on Wednesday...
Wednesday, November 3, 2010

LabSpaces Fantasy Football: Week 8
Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Hope you find Satisfaction on a Tuesday...
Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Tales of the Genomic Repairman: DNS
Monday, November 1, 2010

The fall of Agamemnon and the rise of Ajax: Is the PI being cheap?
Monday, November 1, 2010

Don't be Trippin on a Monday...unless you want to.
Monday, November 1, 2010
October (47)

Is the PI being cheap?
Friday, October 29, 2010

Friday Save
Friday, October 29, 2010

Nobel Prize Blunder...
Thursday, October 28, 2010

Don't be gray on a Thursday...
Thursday, October 28, 2010

Be a Wiz on a Wednesday
Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Ask Genomic RepairMom.... Vaccines
Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Things learned from my Society meeting...
Tuesday, October 26, 2010

LabSpaces Fantasy Football: Week 7
Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Attack my Site...I'm Gonna Knock You Out...
Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Write, write, write...
Monday, October 25, 2010

Hold on I'm Coming to play you some music on a Monday...
Monday, October 25, 2010

Get off this Friday...
Friday, October 22, 2010

Dear Graduate Student, let me list the reasons why I shall beat you with a stick...
Thursday, October 21, 2010

Slow down, you don't have to Run on a Thursday...
Thursday, October 21, 2010

Could you be loved on a Wednesday...
Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Ask Genomic RepairMom...Big Bang Theory...
Wednesday, October 20, 2010

It was only a matter of time before I got off my ass...
Tuesday, October 19, 2010

LabSpaces Fantasy Football: Week 6
Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Is Everything Zen on a Tuesday?
Tuesday, October 19, 2010

10 Commandments of Poster Presentations...
Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Shout it out on Monday
Monday, October 18, 2010

Pinch me its Friday...
Friday, October 15, 2010

Donor's Choose: Give me your lunchmoney!
Thursday, October 14, 2010

So I know I slagged off on a vendor but now its time to give one props...
Thursday, October 14, 2010

Did you see Fireflies on a Thursday?
Thursday, October 14, 2010

New Series: Ask Genomic RepairMom...Stem Cells
Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Make Wednesday A Magic Moment...
Wednesday, October 13, 2010

The Tribe of Science loses a Warrior
Tuesday, October 12, 2010

LabSpaces Fantasy Football: Week 5
Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Hey Man, quit Ramblin on a Tuesday
Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Cocaine is not a good way to start the week off...
Monday, October 11, 2010

Candidacy Exam: Last one out gets the lights...
Monday, October 11, 2010

Who would have ever thought that Gatorade was pro-evolution...
Sunday, October 10, 2010

Candidacy Exam: I think I'm qualified.
Friday, October 8, 2010

Giving you guys some culture...One Semester of Spanish, Spanish Love Song
Friday, October 8, 2010

I'm sorta Research Blogging...Insight into the function of PALB2
Thursday, October 7, 2010

Chances Are I'm bringing you old guy radio today
Thursday, October 7, 2010

You only knew it was a matter of time before I went off again...
Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Welcome to Wednesday
Wednesday, October 6, 2010

LabSpaces Fantasy Football: Week 4
Tuesday, October 5, 2010

What I'd be doing, if I wasn't doing this: A fishing story!
Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Keep Moving on Tuesday
Tuesday, October 5, 2010

A little Dave Holland recommendation for Tideliar
Monday, October 4, 2010

My mom reads my blog, Happy Birthday Genomic RepairMom
Monday, October 4, 2010

More than a feeling on Monday Morning: I rocked this song in Rock Band
Monday, October 4, 2010

Candidacy Exam: Fourth and inches...
Sunday, October 3, 2010

I'm running late because I got caught on the Radar Gun
Friday, October 1, 2010
September (45)

A man can only take so much bluegrass, time to rock!
Thursday, September 30, 2010

Don't be running down the street hungry as a hound on Wednesday...
Wednesday, September 29, 2010

How not to foster a scientific collaboration...
Tuesday, September 28, 2010

LabSpaces Fantasy Football: Week 3
Tuesday, September 28, 2010

In Spite of Tuesday
Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Candidacy Exam: Someone check his pulse
Monday, September 27, 2010

Stomp it out on a Monday
Monday, September 27, 2010

Update: To the coworker who saw me lose my shit tonight...
Friday, September 24, 2010

Hoping for No Rain on a Friday
Friday, September 24, 2010

Don't have a bad Thursday
Thursday, September 23, 2010

Don't be Greedy, enjoy your Wednesday
Wednesday, September 22, 2010

What is your opinion on reuse of a figure in a journal? Misconduct?
Tuesday, September 21, 2010

LabSpaces Fantasy Football Challenge: Week 2
Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Taking it back old school with The Tokens on a Tuesday
Tuesday, September 21, 2010

I've got a case of the Mondays...
Monday, September 20, 2010

A little Rebel Yell on Monday
Monday, September 20, 2010

An Open Letter to Bio-Rad...This is going to fuck up any chance of a sponsorship...
Sunday, September 19, 2010

A lawyer is calling stem cells outmoded?
Thursday, September 16, 2010

Happy Mexican Independence Day & Potential Darwin Award
Thursday, September 16, 2010

Is Science the Love of Your Life?
Thursday, September 16, 2010

Got it made in the shade on Wednesday?
Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Can you go the distance on Tuesday?
Tuesday, September 14, 2010

LabSpaces Fantasy Football Challenge: Week 1
Monday, September 13, 2010

Candidacy Exam: Damnit go away!
Monday, September 13, 2010

Don't break down on a Monday.
Monday, September 13, 2010

Good grief, its Friday!
Friday, September 10, 2010

Guest Post: The Easy Pub
Thursday, September 9, 2010

You don't know how it feels on a Thursday
Thursday, September 9, 2010

Funniest Comment Contest Part 2
Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Stay with me on a Wednesday
Wednesday, September 8, 2010

I wish I knew: A Tale of 2.5 stories...
Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Lets just be friends on a Tuesday...
Tuesday, September 7, 2010

In case you weren't signed up...
Monday, September 6, 2010

Come on ride that train on a Monday...
Monday, September 6, 2010

Candidacy Exam: Clocks ticking yo!
Monday, September 6, 2010

You want to guest post on LabSpaces?
Friday, September 3, 2010

Watch out for the small print on a Friday
Friday, September 3, 2010

Are you actually working with a neuronal line?
Friday, September 3, 2010

Groups
Thursday, September 2, 2010

Whats that smell and how should I mentor it?
Thursday, September 2, 2010

Travelling Riverside on a Thursday
Thursday, September 2, 2010

LFG...
Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Contest Winners!!!
Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Go Your Separate Ways on a Wednesday
Wednesday, September 1, 2010

My first (and best ever) conference...
Wednesday, September 1, 2010
August (75)

Mentoring a mentor?: Get it in writing.
Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Warning: Its Tuesday
Tuesday, August 31, 2010

I've survived a month of blogging.
Monday, August 30, 2010

New Yorker Article on Francis Collins and the Stem Cell Ruling
Monday, August 30, 2010

Crunch!
Monday, August 30, 2010

Can't Relate to a Monday
Monday, August 30, 2010

Female Science Bloggers...
Monday, August 30, 2010

Potential blogger drink err meet up?
Friday, August 27, 2010

Candidacy Exam: Scheduling, scheduling, scheduling
Friday, August 27, 2010

Friday morning special...
Friday, August 27, 2010

Dear IACUC inspector...
Thursday, August 26, 2010

The State of My Blog
Thursday, August 26, 2010

The Genomic Repairman's Book Club
Thursday, August 26, 2010

Wishing you were home on a Thursday
Thursday, August 26, 2010

Here is where you get to win the liquor
Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Epic Fail on a macroscale level.
Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Some recent big news in the DNA Repair field
Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Don't get caught asleep at the wheel on a Wednesday morning
Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Funniest comment, formerly most obnoxious contest...
Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Dear Trainee, the clock is ticking...
Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Cleanliness is next to...
Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Tuesday morning got you feeling numb
Tuesday, August 24, 2010

An Open Letter to Core Director
Monday, August 23, 2010

Conference Calls
Monday, August 23, 2010

Don't be blue on a Monday!
Monday, August 23, 2010

LabSpaces NFL Pick 'Em Challenge
Friday, August 20, 2010

Its Friday In Spite of Ourselves
Friday, August 20, 2010

The Genomic Repairman gets a pat on the back from the boss and a boot in the ass
Friday, August 20, 2010

Legit Science Question Here Folks
Thursday, August 19, 2010

Rise up on a Thursday Morning
Thursday, August 19, 2010

Dumping on technicians...
Thursday, August 19, 2010

Antibody Naming Contest Winners
Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Trying to find some music for tomorrow, like yesterday
Wednesday, August 18, 2010

ncRNA: Oh the splendor, oh the horror!
Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Still want in on Battle of the Science Blogs
Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Another twofer on a Tuesday morning.
Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Linked Out?
Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Data Embargos
Monday, August 16, 2010

I need a remedy for this sunburn
Monday, August 16, 2010

Cell culture question for the readers...
Monday, August 16, 2010

A letter to the other graduate student in my lab...
Friday, August 13, 2010

Friday morning groovin by the Fratellis
Friday, August 13, 2010

The Apprentice: The Finale!
Friday, August 13, 2010

Candidacy Exam: The Runaround
Thursday, August 12, 2010

Shake off them shoes if you got the Thursday morning blues...
Thursday, August 12, 2010

Update to the aged RO1
Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Candidacy Exam: The Series
Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Shameless product plug
Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Quality is when you...
Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Honestly I didn't think I'd make it to Wednesday
Wednesday, August 11, 2010

A LabSpaces Prayer
Tuesday, August 10, 2010

A two for Tuesday with the boys of Cracker and Camper Van Beethoven
Tuesday, August 10, 2010

You can hold an RO1 for 27 fucking years!
Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Name my antibody!
Monday, August 9, 2010

Antineoplastons? You gotta be kidding me!
Monday, August 9, 2010

Monday morning beats by Morcheeba
Monday, August 9, 2010

So I'm at work today so I figure I owe you a song...
Sunday, August 8, 2010

Well since I'm working on a Saturday
Saturday, August 7, 2010

So I got tagged in a damn meme
Friday, August 6, 2010

What are you doing to promote science to the public?
Friday, August 6, 2010

A chilled tune for Friday and an extra track
Friday, August 6, 2010

Say goodbye to film.
Friday, August 6, 2010

Long Lost Paper
Thursday, August 5, 2010

Feel alive with Live on a Thursday morning.
Thursday, August 5, 2010

A Forum For Discussion
Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Some Wonderful Music for a Wednesday Morning
Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Is this really elevating your science?
Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Helen Larson my ass!
Wednesday, August 4, 2010

2010 LabSpaces NFL Challenge & Banner Contest
Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Balance...You gotta be kidding me.
Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Feeling Stuck on a Tuesday?
Tuesday, August 3, 2010

A Note On Peer Review
Monday, August 2, 2010

Monday Morning Soothing Tunes and Moving Music
Monday, August 2, 2010

Candidacy Exam Blues
Monday, August 2, 2010

How do you balance the job and life?
Monday, August 2, 2010
July (10)
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Last by David Manly on Dec 11, 2010, 9:00am
It is with much thought and deliberation in addition to a heavy heart that I announce that I will be leaving my post as a blogger at LabSpaces. Effective today I will be moving my post back to my site on Blogger, where I began my blogging career. I know that others may be leaving or have left but I arose at this decision independently of theirs and have been struggling with this dilemma for a while. I would like to begin by stating that I have nothing but the utmost praise and respect for the bloggers here and will continue to patron their sites in the future. You have been good and kind to me and I am grateful for that. LabSpaces has also been very good to me attracting all kinds of attention and audiences that I was not getting in my previous site. I think this site has a bright future, what with a growing readership and a talented crop of bloggers, but alas it will be a future without me.

After I was brought on board, it appeared that addition of bloggers to the site would be through informal nomination and light discussion usually consisting of, "Oh Blogger X, I love them. They would be fun to have." But as of lately more bloggers have been added with no consultation. Generally my only knowledge of them being adde . . . More
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Last by becca on Nov 02, 2011, 9:58pm
The genesis of this posting came from DrugMonkey's posting about home childbirth.






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This comes from our homeboy at Scientopia, Scienceblogs, and wherever the fuck else he blogs DrugMonkey.

January. So I brought my girlfriend back home to meet the folks for the first time.

February. A freaking lot.

March. An ultimate test of the strength of your relationship is moving.

April. So my folks and my younger sister are coming in on Saturday for a few days

May. Currently my institution is launching a brandspanking new marketing campaign (and fundraising campaign of course) to keep its image fresh.

June. My world has been crazy both personally and professionally.
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Last by Genomic Repairman on Dec 07, 2010, 7:16pm
So this week we hand out the title of weekly winner to "LL Super G" GertyZ. So a big congrats to Gerty who had 12 points.



If you were betting with GertyZ this weekend you were making money!

So a 3-way tie for second place at 11 points is held by: Dr. O, Alyssa, and Tideliar.

Now for the clusterfuck at 10 points: Jade Ed, Biochem Belle, Dr. Becca, Thomas Joseph (sorry about the loss last night), PLS, DGT, and . . . More
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Last by Geeka on Dec 06, 2010, 12:38pm
In life there are great mysteries that we try to delve into in order to better understand. What is the meaning of life? Who keeps stealing my newspaper? How much longer will my liver last? Well folks today we have demystified one of these conundrums of the universe. I present to you, the postdoc fail.

Roll curtains please...

If a postdoc is grabbing samples out of a centrifuge and drops them into what he thinks is his tube rack but really is just empty space and falls to the floor, will a graduate student heckle him? I will be playing the part of the heckling graduate student in today's masterpiece theater. Lets see shall we.



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Last by Dr. O on Dec 09, 2010, 9:59am
So awhile back I accepted an invitation to talk to some high school students about science and why I got into science.  I penciled the date in and didn't think much of it and now its quickly creeping up on me and I've got to come up with some stuff to talk to them about.  As far as scientific content that isn't hard at all as I always have a layman's talk in my back pocket for us, but as for advice and why I got into science that is going to take some work.  They'll definitely be getting the edited for TV version (for length but primarily content) for my path to science.  As for giving these kids advice, its sort of stupid to tell them anything other than to keep an open mind, follow your passion, and that what you set out to do might not be what you end up doing.  But as far as what really drew me to science was my grandmother.  While growing up I remember that in middle school she was diagnosed with breast cancer which she recovered from however it was found in the other breast while I was in high school.  Before her second bout with cancer if you would have asked me what cancer was, I would have shrugged and said, "Fuck if I know."  I was dead set on going to college to study finance or economics (which I sort of did, still only a few classes shy of an econ degree). . . . More
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I heard it on the radio today and thought I'd post the cover of the infamous Don Henley song by The Ataris...



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Last by Genomic Repairman on Dec 05, 2010, 6:50pm
Since cooking is basically chemistry in the kitchen this post qualifies as science related and is deemed admissible (by me) for posting.  So here is my recipe for stuffed jalapenos, try them out, they'll add a little kick to your holiday party.

Shit you need:

14 jalapenos, seeded and cut in half.
1 block cream cheese
1 package of bacon

How to fucking make it:

-Cook down the bacon and set the bacon on paper towel and allow to drain.
-Put the cream cheese and bacon in a food processor and pulse until the bacon is evenly distributed into the cream cheese.
-In a large skillet, spray a non-stick cooking spray and cook the jalapenos on medium - high heat for 8-10 minutes.
-Remove the jalapenos from the skillet and allow them to cool before handling them.
-Stuff the jalapenos with the cream cheese / bacon mixture, then bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes.

Note to increase the spice, you could either leave some seeds in or just add some Texas Pete to the stuffing.  And if your a vegetarian whining about the bacon, fuck you bacon makes everything better so go eat some fucking alfalfa grass instead.

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My gel box is gone

Stupid fucking noob took it

I'm on the warpath...

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Led Zeppelin cover of the Blind Willie Johnson song released on the Physical Graffiti album. Listen to the bitching guitar solo that picks up pace at 3:30.



And here is that solo performed by The Edge, Jack White, and Page in the documentary "It Might Get Loud"



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You can't talk shit on the Dead Boys, one of the originators of the 70's punk rock movement. Stiv Bators would slit his throat out of pure disgust after pummeling the shit out of an emo pussy in tight jeans. The gauntlet has been thrown down...



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Last by chall on Dec 02, 2010, 11:34pm
An interesting musing on the day..

So yesterday I was entering some information into the colony management database that we use for our mouse colonies.  I was trying to set up a breeder cage in the system and dropped in a male and a female into the "virtual cage."  We are allowed to put two females and a male into the cage but not two dudes and a chick.  Lucky dude.  How very republican of our programmers.  Maybe in the new update we can toss two males and a female mouse into one breeder cage.  Its probably for the best, you don't want some other dude to bust your plug.

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Last by Cricket42 on Dec 02, 2010, 2:51pm
of students is a serious priority in our lab.  Anytime there is a shadow opportunity for high school or college students or any chance to interact with the general public about science we generally take the kids underneath our wings.  For me its fun to communicate my love for science to those who will be next in line to dive headfirst into the scientific trenches.  Honestly seeing their genuine interest in science no matter if they want to be a geneticist, nurse, or pharmacist is really inspiring.  A lot of my grad student brethren couldn't give a rat's doodoo maker about interacting with these kids and avoid it like the plague if at all possible.  I understand that we are all busy but from time to time, its not going to derail your project or keep you from that Nobel Prize if you let a couple of kids shadow you for a few hours from time to time.  So why not do it?

One of my classmates actually remarked, "They are a waste of my time, I'm better served getting work done in the lab."

Usually at this point I'll remind them (not so kindly and maybe with profanity) that someone at some point has taken time out of their schedule for them.  Some grad student took time out of their day to meet with you when interviewing when you were just a lowly undergrad just like . . . More
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Last by JaySeeDub on Dec 02, 2010, 7:32pm
-Harold Varmus and Francis Collins having to justify NCI researchers travel expenses to Sen. Charles Grassley...

-Eric Cantor wants you to sniff out wasteful spending on NSF projects...

-House Republicans kill global warming committee...

-NIH planning on future tightening of the pursestrings...

I won't vilify all conservatives as there are notable champions among them such as Richard Shelby, but things are not looking good for the immediate future folks. So you better get off your ass and write your congressional representatives and tell them that science is important to not only us but our country.

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Last by Thomas Joseph on Nov 30, 2010, 2:14pm
BoHonkeyPimpStick PLS's shit came out smelling like roses this week after beating Thomas Joseph by tie breaker. So a big congrats goes to PLS.



PLS brings the pain this week.

So here is the rest of the run down.

Tied for 8 points was:

3. Jade Ed (you narrowly edged me out on the tie breakers you tart)

4. Me

Clustered at 7 points was:

5. Biochem Belle

6. Alyssa

7. Dark Overlord Brian Krueger

Tag-teaming 6 points was:

8. Disgruntled Julie

9. Dr. O

The triumvirate at 5 points sees:

10. Gerty "Don't give up on football"Z

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Last by chall on Nov 30, 2010, 11:46am
So another grad student handed some of us a very simple statement of their research to take a gander at for them before they turned it in.  I was late to the party and had not had a chance to go over this and was horrified to see all of the grammatical atrocities and spelling gaffes that they committed.  I mean they misspelled classes of enzymes, the word high, and don't even get me started on inconsistent spacing between sentences.  What's it going to be this time, one, two, three spaces?  Ooh this must be the wildcard, no spacing between sentences.  Finally I asked them if they spellchecked this paper and they replied in that they had indeed not given it a once over before handing it off to us.  I handed the paper back to them and told them I wasn't going to read another word.  Proud noob looked dumbfounded and asked me why?

"Because if you can't even have the respect for us to spellcheck this crap, I'm not going to read it.  I can't even get read your content because this writing is too horrible.  How can I understand what you are presenting to me, when I can't even read through a sentence without bringing down the grammar hammer on it.  Spellcheck this shit and bring it back to me later."

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So today's music selection isn't really a song, but a trailer to the documentary "It Might Get Loud" which features The Edge, Jack White, and Jimmy Page talking about all things guitars and music. I downloaded and watched it through iTunes or you can get it through NetFlix streaming so go check it out.



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Last by chall on Dec 01, 2010, 12:45pm
**** Tried to different sputum samples which were pretty good and saw no real microbial content, so I'm going with this being a viral infection. Looks like its just chicken soup, Vitamin C, and Jack Daniels for me until this shit clears up. My camera on my Olympus scope is being a little shitty so I can't throw on my photos but here is a link to some sputum slides that are pretty interesting.****



Hey kiddos,

I've been having this horrible fucking hacking cough for like a week or so and it is the fucking pits. Nothing seems to be working and I'm getting sick of feeling like Tom Hanks in the movie Philadelphia so I'm going to get to the bottom of this. I think I might have pneumonia or bronchitis so I'm going to borrow a microscope slide and some H&E and make a sputum slide to see whats kicking around in my lungs. My plan is to give it a good ole Gram stain to see if I have any bacterial infection going on (so I can start taking some antibiotics) or its of viral origin as I assume since I caught it probably on the airplane. Gotta make sure I get a clean sample with not too much oral cavity contaminant (you shouldn't see a l . . . More
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Last by Genomic Repairman on Nov 29, 2010, 9:49am
"Cum On Feel The Noise" by Quiet Riot



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Last by SFriedScientist on Nov 29, 2010, 10:11pm
Warning:  There is nothing even fucking remotely scientific about this post.  If you want scientific content, fuck off to someone else's blog on here.  But if you want to hear about my one night in jail, pull up a chair and lets gab.

So in my family we usually have huge gathering for the holidays, especially on Thanksgiving.  These gatherings usually include alcohol, outbursts, and the requisite awkward silences afterwards, but are for the most part a lot of fun.  My family tends to get together for big moments in a person's life:  birth, wedding, funeral, or for the interest of this story graduations.  So at 17 years old, I was a pretty decent kid with goals and aspiration that did not completely include boozing up and finding someone to impress and penetrate.  As I was graduating high school, it turned out to be a huge family event with folks coming in from all over the state, let alone the country.  Apparently, most of my cousins preferred to huff gasoline or spray paint instead of attending school, so I was something of the pride and joy of the family.  The night before the graduation I helped my parents get the house setup for the party the next night and ended up driving to the beach with my older cousin.  I intentionally did not drink that night because I . . . More
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Last by Genomic Repairman on Nov 24, 2010, 8:51am
"Talking That Shit" by Lamar Hall and Jeff Williams



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Last by Tideliar on Nov 26, 2010, 3:37pm
So at some point in my not really too long or distinguished career I have had experience with clinical trials both working on them and being a subject in them.  What many people don't know is that there is a section of our healthcare economy that purely relies upon transients doing Phase I clinical trials.  This is the stage where Pharma R&D folks are trying to work out what the adverse effects (AE's), dosing some dose studies, and getting a grasp on the pharmicokinetics of their potential drugs.  Sometimes this stuff is handled by universities but the vast majority of this research takes place in clinical research organizations (CRO's) which do the bidding of companies or "sponsors" as they can't be trusted to do it themselves.  CRO's are pretty professional and each study goes through an IRB process and has an assigned PI who is an MD.  Some of these poor souls work seven days a week and are on call ALL the time, but they are paid handsomely for their work.  But enough about them, back to these CRO's.  You would be surprised to find that there are at least a few CRO's operating in your city depending upon where you live.  You may have even heard their radio commercials asking for "subjects" to take part in the clinical studies.  And as a point of terminology for Ph . . . More
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Last by Odyssey on Nov 23, 2010, 8:17pm
Moving up from #13 to capture the win this week is Chall. Congrats.



Chall necked out the competition this week, lets see how next week goes.

Followed by a stranglehold of tie breakers is:

2. Alyssa

3. Dr. Becca (that new dress helped out with the picks I guess)

4. PLS (a perennial top performer)

5. Jade Ed

6. LabSpaces Resident Bridge Troll, The Genomic Repairman (I can never remember to make my picks for Thursday games)

7. Thomas Joseph (Holmes catch was badass this weekend)

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"Thrift Store T Shirt" by Brent Jordan.



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Last by Genomic Repairman on Nov 29, 2010, 11:55am
So today in the mail, our lab got a reprint request card. I'm going to imagine that if you are under the age of 40 you may have never even seen these before so here is a sample pic of a reprint request card from the internet below.

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So basically before institutional access and the digital age this was how you got papers. If say I wanted a paper from Tideliar on the effects of Guiness pickling the livers of some Manc dude or a Geordie that he published. I would scribble in the article details and send it off to the lovely young chap and expect a reprint of the article in the mail sometime later. Now why would someone send you a reprint request in this digital age? In this case its a PI in a foreign country who probably cannot get institutional access to the journal that the article is published in or does not really want to pay the $30 for the article. Either way we will honor their request but I found it sort of charming to get one of these things in the mail again. I'm going to tuck it away into . . . More
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Last by rose on Dec 13, 2010, 12:08am
So currently we have a PI who is moving his lab to an institution nearby following after another PI who took her lab there.  The female PI who went ahead is setting up a new department at her new institution and depending upon your view she poached or recruited this PI.  I couldn't really give a shit about the poaching my issue lies more with the welfare of the folks in his lab.  Honestly if I were the female PI heading up the new department and I had to hire a faculty member, why not get your friend who has a great funding track record to help stack the deck in your favor.  The PI will get a great startup package and some new lab space but kind shoved everyone in the lab between a rock and a hard place.  He was previously batting down rumors of the lab move and then announced they would be going to the new institution in under a few months.  The institution/department is sort of fledgling and has a bit different research focus than our own but is seriously lacking in some facilities.  Basic common equipment isn't there and will have to come out of the PI's startup funds plus the dead time for the move and getting everything set back up and running like before its going to take 6-10 months before the lab is back to status quo.  But if the PI wants to leave, then that's fi . . . More
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1. How dare you fucking try to mug me...

2. I keep tweeting it but the new Girl Talk album is out and its available for free download here and its fucking free. So if you love mashups and this guy makes the sum greater than all the parts. Besides Gillis is one of us, he started making music while studying biomedical engineering. And where else are you going to here the lyrics for "That ass too fat" set to the backbeat of "Bizarre Love Triangle.

3. My twittiend @Superkash and I are Netflix fanatics...And if you are streaming check out these for your viewing pleasure:

-Food, Inc.

-Back from Hell (Sam Kinison tribute)

-Nat'l Geo Stress: Portrait of a Killer

-Cocaine Cowboys

-Outsourced

-Blue Mountain State

-Lie to Me

-The Tudors

-It Might Get Loud ( a jam session between Jack White, Jimmy Page, and The Edge)

4. And speaking of Netflix it is using about 20% of our broadband during peak hours.

5 Need to go renew my lease soon, I think I'm going to have to t . . . More
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"Believe" by The Bravery.



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Last by Natalie on Nov 19, 2010, 8:00am
I am a fairly docile dude despite all the shit I talk and am not prone to outbursts of violence.  But realize the simple fact that if you try to mug me you need to:

A.  Have a weapon.

B.  Be larger than me.

C.  Not be in flip flops.

D.  Not fuck with me on a bad day.

E.  If you do all of the above, then don't come alone.

These are helpful tips for when you try to mug me as I'm walking back to my car on a dark side street after leaving happy hour, which turned out not to be so happy for you.  But first lets talk about a scientific concept that will be central to this predicament:  equilibrium.

Note that the inner ear is focal to one being able to maintain a sense of balance, thus people feel woozy and nauseous when they have an ear infection or ear ache.

Well buddy when you grabbed my shirt (this is starched cotton motherfucker, hands off) and demand my wallet and cell phone you actually pulled me off balance and into you.  At this point as I have fallen into you, you are unprepared to cradle my awesomeness and we fall to the ground.  Since I am on top of you and weight a little more than you, this leaves you in a precarious position to say the least my newfound friend and sparring partner.  Since you are on your s . . . More
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Last by Genomic Repairman on Nov 18, 2010, 8:47pm
One of my favorite performances from The Who at Live 8 concert series in the UK back in 2005 if memory serves correct. Townshend still fucking got it baby.



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Last by Evie on Nov 25, 2010, 8:22am
Mom had to cut it short this week because Dad was harassing a mailman. Here is the link to xtranormal to view it if YouTube is blocking it again.



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Last by Genomic Repairman on Nov 18, 2010, 7:36am
I'm drunk, pissed off after dealing with bullshit and to top it off my computer just died and lost this post so I'm rewriting like half of it.

It wouldn't be a normal week unless I was ranting about shit so here we go:

Dear bean counters, finance dudes, and checkwriting ladies,

Fucking pay me!

Its taken you assholes over a month since approving my receipts to reimburse me and to make it worse I had to deal with your bullshit before I even turned them in.  At my institution your travel must be approved before you travel by getting a request form signed by like eighteen different motherfuckers and the shit better be filled in out in the official blue ink and the proper check boxes better be fucking checked or your ass is toast holmes.  So like a good employee I submit my request form ahead of time and get everything filled out and you fucking mongoloids end up loosing the paperwork and almost deny me my travel before I travel.  You accept no fault for this and even blame me for it yet I have email confirmation from you fucking dumpsterbabies that you have received my paperwork.  Finally you scrounge up the paperwork which has some unidentified fucking food stains that you asshole mouthbreathers must have dribbled onto my form while eating your fuckin . . . More
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Last by Brian Krueger, PhD on Nov 16, 2010, 9:15pm
Back in the saddle and a huge thanks to DGT for taking the reigns last week. I meant to make my picks but got trapped on an island with I shit you not dial up internet access that would drop out every other minute. But nevertheless lets move on. This week we cheer for Disgruntled Julie as she has taken the top spot.

fantasywinner

Disgruntled maybe, but she's still a winner...

And for the rest of you slubs, lets get on with it.

2. Jade Ed

3. Alyssa

4. Dr. O

5. Odyssey

6. GertyZ

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Last by Genomic Repairman on Nov 16, 2010, 8:19am
Mash up from Girl Talk, who just put out a new album.



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Last by JanedeLartigue on Nov 16, 2010, 3:38pm
So if you've got an extra $26 burning a hole in your pocket, check out:

misha_book

by Misha Angrist. It covers the arms race currently taking place in sequencing technology post human genome project as well as his participation in George Church's Personal Genome Project. The overriding goal of the project was that individuals could have access to their own genomic sequence in order to help them make medical decisions. Its an interesting thought and Angrist does a good job of delicately playing both sides of this topic. The book is a pretty Boston-centric as Angrist was implanted for a while with Church's group following their progress, trials, and tribulations. The book brings up some salient points on the legal, personal, and ethical ramifications of someone posting their genome out there for public consumption. And despite redaction of certain portions, . . . More
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Last by Namnezia on Nov 15, 2010, 7:18pm
Okay class so keep up with me here, we are going to be hitting a lot of topics on my first day back on the job.

1. First off SfN is going on and even though they are not part of the official street team, two of our very own bloggers, Dr. Becca and Tideliar, are on site giving you the news. And for the rest of us who are not interested in neuroscience but are studying other genes and proteins here is an interesting link. Take a look at the Allen Brain Atlas to see where and how your gene of interest is distributed in the human, mouse, or developing mouse brain. The atlas is brought to you by the Allen Institute for Brain Science, which was founded by one of the most ballinest mothefuckers ever, Paul Allen. That's all I have for brain science shit.

2. So the coolest motherfucking blogging scientist of all time . . . More
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Last by Genomic Repairman on Nov 16, 2010, 7:16am
Meet Greg Cravin, a high school science teacher who slightly resembles Flava Flav in the preview picture that I posted, not some bona fide research scientist at the IPCC, a science teacher. He gives a better argument for why we should do something about climate change that could possibly sway those on the other side of the fence than even some of the most decorated climatologists. Watch this video, I'm not going to promise that it will change your mind if you don't believe in climate change but it will at least get you to think and that is the beginning.

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I'm traveling down to here today so I figured why not play it. Ah Billy you are my favorite Ocean besides the Atlantic.



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Last by JanedeLartigue on Nov 10, 2010, 11:44am
like a fat kid in a game of dodgeball.  Going on honeymoon, this weekend I managed to:

-Jump from one speeding rickshaw to another like fucking Indiana Jones

-Get drunk and throw a piece of pizza at a bouncer and not get thrown out of a bar

-Watch a groomsman's luggage fall apart and just stand there and laugh mercilessly at him

-Get married

-Not have to bail any family members out of the jail

-See old photos of myself as a kid

-Pass out on the hotel room floor after drinking even though their is an empty bed one foot away from my body/corpse

-Explain to people 765 times what is is I actually do

-Have no one understand it 764 times

-Have driver let me take the reigns of a horse-drawn carriage

-About fucking catch on fire as I run through a line of sparklers

-Roll my ankle on an empty bottle of Jameson

-Stripped down and got dressed in a suit in an elevator ride from the 11th floor to the lobby




I'll be back next Monday, until then guys.

Best Regards

The Newly Hitched Genomic Repairman...

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Last by JanedeLartigue on Nov 02, 2010, 6:51pm
Since I'll be out for next week's theme day I'm posting mine early so I can somewhat try to defend my bad behavior.

No this isn't some post about Pete Carroll talking about former USC running back Reggie Bush forfeiting the Heisman Trophy, this is about mentorship. So I am going to talk to you about three different mentoring styles that have come from four people one of them being myself. So lets hit the ground running folks.

1. Undergrad mentor... This harkens back to days on yonder where the Genomic Repairman had braces in college, couldn't get laid and had to settle for studying and getting drunk instead. So back then my mentor at a SLAC was a young female TT professor hired on after a year or two of teaching as a visiting Asst. Prof. Her mentorship was erratic to say the least. She had too many irons and the fire and spent more time chatting up with students in her office about their personal lives more than working. I was in the back trying to set up equipment and experiments with little to no guidance yet would get a proper bollocking if anything was done slightly wrong. She would go from quite nice to hyper critical and irritable in the drop of a hat. Presentations were required to be rehearsed in front of her at least five . . . More
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Last by Thomas Joseph on Nov 05, 2010, 3:19pm
First dance song for tomorrow night.



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Last by Tideliar on Nov 04, 2010, 10:22pm
this is too funny not to post.



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Last by Genomic Repairman on Nov 06, 2010, 11:40am
You must make your application an absolute pleasure for the reviewer to read if you have any hope of getting it. Think about this, who is reviewing your application? Its not some NIH study section, rather its usually a set of overworked PI's who are doing this out of the goodness of their heart or by coercion from their department chair. And guess what, they are doing this outside of their normal workload which means they are probably reviewing your paper at home sitting on the couch drinking brandy (if they are classy motherfuckers and if you ever got back a hard copy of review it probably has alcohol stains on it) while trying to watch football as their ankle biters are running around the roost like crazy coke-fiends.



Could you review with all this going on in front of you? Hell no.

So what does that mean? Your application better read like one of Ian Rankin's Inspector Rebus crime novel if you want a snowball's chance in hell of capturing the reviewer's attention and getting them to read more than the cover page (the one with just the stripped down specific aims) of your proposal. Some things to remember:

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Last by Brian Krueger, PhD on Nov 04, 2010, 10:12pm
So to preface this conversation you should know three things:

1. My parents live in very very very red state. During the last presidential election I believe the state was called for McCain at about 10am.

2. My mom is a Democrat, my father is a Republican. This has led to much arguing and hilarity.

3. My father is an immigrant to this country who has been here for 35 years.

Enjoy. Here is the xtranormal link in case its blocked outside the country.



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Too much paperwork that I can do from home so I'm gonna jam out to "The New Workout Plan" by Kanye West.



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Last by Gerty-Z on Nov 02, 2010, 7:36pm
This week features a new champion who pretty much boatraced the competition with her solid picks, give it up for Jade Ed.

fantasywinner

She may be Jaded but her picks aren't.

And the rest of us sadsacks:

2. PLS (He doesn't have time for bullshit or anything less than 2nd place this week)

3. Odyssey (Bouncing back 10 spaces)

4. Alyssa (Trending up this week)

5. Disgruntled Julie (Shouldn't be too disgruntled about 5th place)

6. Professor in Training (Welcome back my friend, welcome back)

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Last by Genomic Repairman on Nov 02, 2010, 6:52pm
Otis Redding rendition of The Rolling Stones song. Notice the horns playing the main riffs which was what Keith Richards originally intended for. Enjoy.



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Last by Genomic Repairman on Nov 03, 2010, 7:36pm
So after Wednesday I will be going on a blogging sabbatical for a week and a half so that means no substantiative posts will be placed up until Monday the 15th.  I'm going to need someone to post up the fantasy football stuff for next Tuesday so any volunteers would be greatly appreciated.  As for music, I'm getting those posts lined up and preloaded.

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Last by Genomic Repairman on Nov 01, 2010, 10:45am
So Friday I left you with a post that might have alluded to a PI being a tightfisted cheapskate that generated some good discussion and some folks like Prof-Like Substance brought in some valuable insight. So if you haven't read it, basically my buddy Ajax got a private fellowship that would cover his stipend. The fellowship and the institution allow for supplementation of up to 120% of his stipend levels by his PI. Ajax figured he could get some sort of marginal pay raise since he got his stipend taken care of for the rest of the duration of grad school (two more years). Ajax's PI disagreed, stating ""well you survived making x amount stipend why should I give you anymore?" Needless to say young Ajax was disheartened. I wanted to get your initial feelings on the matter without clouding your judgement with the following facts.

-Ajax's PI is a clinician researcher who gets a compensation bonus if he can cover a larger percentage of his salary from grant funds. Thus the statement from the PI felt like pure hypocrisy to Ajax and myself. He gets financial incentives from his department to cover his own salary yet won't apply t . . . More
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Last by AGreenMonster on Nov 02, 2010, 7:23am
So yesterday Drugmonkey had a post up about F31 fellowships and it lead me to churn out this post on a situation a friend of mine is in. A friend of mine who we'll call Ajax, because that is what I call him works in a lab of a PI with good funding. Ajax was able to secure a fellowship to pay him for his last two years of grad school. Now the fellowship and Ajax's institution allow his PI to supplement the fellowship stipend up to 120% of his institutional stipend. So since Ajax figured he was covering the bulk majority of his stipend as well as a small budget for consumables and travel his PI would supplement his income since he is off the hook for the other 80% of Ajax's money. Well think again poor Ajax, your PI isn't going to supplement you and his reasoning is, "well you survived making x amount stipend why should I give you anymore?" So basically the last two years of Ajax's stipend is off the books for his PI and he won't even reward him with some supplementation of funds. Is he being a cheap bastard or thrifty entrepreneur? My vote is cheap bastard but lets discuss . . . More
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Last by Genomic Repairman on Oct 31, 2010, 4:09pm
"Save the last dance for me" by The Drifters...



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Last by Will on Oct 28, 2010, 7:20pm
So I think recently the oh so lovely and talented Biochem Belle put up a post about the catty nature of the Nobel Prize.  My post is has a different slant based upon how long its taking for some people to get their prizes.  For instance, take a look at this years winner for Physiology and Medicine, Robert Edwards, who pioneered IVF way back in 1978.  IVF is one of the most impactful discoveries in the last half century.  It has allowed couples who could not conceive children otherwise have families, allowed us to assist in keeping certain species of animals from becoming extinct, and its a fair assessment that without IVF the stem cell field might be up the creek without a paddle.  But did it really need to take 32 years to dole out the prize to this man?  Um no.  I could see waiting ten or fifteen years or even maybe 20 years to hand it out, but this long is a joke.  I mean it only took about 8 years or so for Fire and Mello to be awarded for their work in RNAi?  And here is what I am getting at, notice that Robert Edwards is no longer giving interviews and his wife is making statements for him.  He's no longer mentally there and can't even really understand that he won the prize.  My ultimate hope is that if someone is able to make a monumental discovery that would w . . . More
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Last by Will on Oct 28, 2010, 5:41pm
A little late posting this but This years love by David Gray.



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Last by Genomic Repairman on Oct 28, 2010, 11:06am
Pinball Wizard by The Who..



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Last by Will on Oct 28, 2010, 6:08pm
****Apparently Comcast Entertainment Services is forcing Google to somehow block certain videos outside the US. So here is the link to the xtranormal site where you can view it. Sorry guys.

This one is a little brief since I was away at a conference but mom is chatting on vaccinations, vegetarians, and anti-vaxers. Enjoy.



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Last by Genomic Repairman on Oct 26, 2010, 8:58pm
First a shoe shot to make Isis jealous...

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-Its fun staying at really nice hotels but $20 for breakfast is bullshit.

-It doesn't matter how nice the hotel is you have to get out of it or the place becomes like a jail.

-After watching bull riding a couple of times I root for the bulls now.

-We seriously need an established diploid human genomic sequence, this haploid shit isn't getting it done.

-You can be a brilliant scientist but you suck dick at giving a talk by being too technical for your audience or trying to cram too much shit into a 15 minute talk.

-Greybeard scientist are nice and will impart good advice, especially about the big picture, and insight to you but stay off their lawn please.

-Younger scientists give better advice, they were in your shoes only a few years not 50.

-Its hard for people to approach your poster when the ground beneath you is littered with empty beer bottles.

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Last by Tideliar on Oct 26, 2010, 5:22pm
This week someone had to get the job done and all I can say is Bang! The number one spot goes this week to a truly deserved blogger whose Mad Men inspired team is getting it done. That's right, its me.



Lane's Daddy's Cane Strikes Hard This Week...

And the rest of the lineup follows

2. Chall (bouncing back 13 spots)

3. Thomas Joseph (climbing 13 after losing 13 spaces last week)

4. Jade Ed (Nice comeback kid)

5. LabSpaces badboy Tideliar (worst to fifth, its a heart-warming story but not going to sell any motion pictures, but keep it up)

6. Biochem Belle (Climbing one spot and the corporate ladder)

7. Alyssa (Good picks this week)

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Last by Nikkilina on Oct 26, 2010, 11:15am
Momma Said Knock You Out by LL Cool J...



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Last by Svetlana on Oct 25, 2010, 1:15pm
So my society put on a career workshop yesterday for graduate students and postdocs because they decided that not only are we supposed to train these kids, but maybe we should help them on to their next step rather than considering them disposable objects to be tossed after 4-6 years.  We had a pretty good mix of folks on the panels:

-Young TT prof

-Teacher at a SLAC

-NIH Program Officer

-Industry Postdoc

-Medical Writer

-Science Journalist

-Lawyer

-Consultants

-Regulatory officers at EPA

We generated some really good discussion about what everyone does, what they love/hate, what their challenges are, and what are critical skills needed for their jobs...

And guess what skill kept popping up?  You got it, writing skills.  Communication skills were huge components of each of the careers but writing was valued even more than oral communication.  That was the take home message from each of them.  It was also nice to have some of the more exotic "alternative" careers represented on the panel (EPA folks, PO).  So a big kudos to my society peeps for putting on a great all day affair that included giving us each a personal plan for mapping out our careers including a skills assessment.

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"Get off this" by Cracker..



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Last by Tideliar on Oct 22, 2010, 11:46pm
1.  You burned through our secondary antibody and told nobody when we were out, thus fucking up my experiments.

2.  When we got said secondary antibody in, you said you would aliquot it out for use.  This was two months ago, yet I'm aliquoting the fucking stuff out right now because I need some.

3.  Yesterday you asked if you could borrow my power pack and I said yes if you returned it because I have to run a gel early in the morning.  Low and behold, its the morning and power pack is gone.  I can't find it anywhere in the lab, did you take it home with you or put it through some magical portal so that you could run your gel in Valhalla?

4.  You ran something on my station and made a mess, because there is only the remnants of stickiness where liquid spilled.  I'm hoping this is just transfer buffer or blocking buffer that gelled out and not anything that would further reinforce my fear of white foods (Its true, I rarely will even eat white rice.  I might even throw a plate of mashed potatoes at you).

5.  You also used my pipets.  Normally I wouldn't care about this but these are digital pipets that you left in the unlocked position forcing me to have to recalibrate all my pipets this fucking morning as well as find a power pack to run my ge . . . More
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Last by Nikkilina on Oct 21, 2010, 1:50pm
"Run" by Collective Soul.







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And here is the remix by Bob's youngest son Damian.



And here is the remix by Bob's youngest son Damian.



And here is the remix by Bob's youngest son Damian.



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Last by genegeek on Oct 24, 2010, 9:54pm
Go easy on Mom, she isn't up on her astrophysics.



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Last by Genomic Repairman on Oct 19, 2010, 2:03pm
I don't knit, I don't do cartwheels, and I don't cook. But what I do is give stuff away.

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So if you want to win this Thermo 1GB hard drive given all you have to do is donate some coin to my buddy Thomas Joseph's Donor's Choose page, since he had a few projects that only need a little more coin to put them over the line. But here is the deal, you must if want to win this schwag, you must dedicate the donation to me, with the following statement,

"Hail to the mighty platypus!"

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Last by Tideliar on Oct 21, 2010, 12:44pm
So pulling the worst to first is Professor in Training.



Have you seen my Doritos? Oh that's right, they're next to my trophy!

For the rest of us saps.

2. Odyssey (Jumping up 8 spots from last week)

3. DGT (Pulled herself up by her bootstraps and great picks out of the cellar)

4. GertyZ (Went to fantasy football rehab and is making much better picks)

5. Disgruntled Julie (Big improvement from last week)

6. Dark Overlord Brian Kreuger (Moving on up to the east side)

7. Biochem Belle (Lucky #7 for the second week and a row)

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"Everything Zen" by Bush.



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Last by Nikkilina on Oct 28, 2010, 3:44pm
Sorry for the infrequency of my posts as of late, I'm trying to get some last minute experiments done and make a poster for a conference that I'm leaving for at the end of the week.  This activity has brought to mind some tips to help those less experienced in art of poster making.

1st Commandment:  Thou shalt not use Comic Sans MS font or thou shalt be put to death by stoning.  Seriously, I've seen some of you do it before.  Not only does it look ghastly, it also looks like my 6 year old cousin did your poster for you, I mean why not just draw it all out in crayons?

2nd Commandment:  Bullet points of text good, giant paragraphs of text bad.  WTF are you doing with the great American novel printed onto a poster.  Use small snippets of text for a variety of reasons:  you are standing by the damn thing so you can explain it, people have short attention span, etc.  There is a saying as far as poster about ink.  Ink is valuable, don't waste ink on text, use it up on figures and data (not too much data, see next commandment).

3rd Commandment:  This is thy poster, not thy thesis.  You don't have to try and jam every single piece of data that you have collected into your poster.  The poster is meant to be a short term vignette of what you have been work . . . More
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Last by Genomic Repairman on Nov 01, 2010, 8:57am
"Shout" by Tears for Fears



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Last by Will on Oct 15, 2010, 12:13pm


I didn't make any choices so visit the other bloggers and choose from their well thought out picks to donate to.

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Last by Gerty-Z on Oct 14, 2010, 1:20pm
So a few weeks ago I tore Bio-Rad a new one. I figure now is the time to achieve balance in my life and since I threw Bio-Rad under the bus and then dump on the corpse why not say something nice about a vendor. So I have to toss a huge thumbs up to the boys and girls of Nikon. There products are pretty good and I've only had one or two issues with their stuff ever and its because of the awesome support that they are earning my hat tip. We have a fluorescence microscope and recently one of the metal cubes (filters) ended up breaking. Sadly I discovered this around late afternoon and dialed up the rep to see if we could get some service. I was expecting to be told they might deign to get around to us in a week or so like our other microscope provider whose name is quite similar to some tall ass mountain in Greece. Anywho, our rep says, "I'll be there in an hour."

I about dropped the phone as I danced with glee. So the Nikon rep shows up and takes a look at our stuff and sees that the plastic ring that is holding our excitation lens has disintegrated and that is the reason why the lens is falling out of the cube. So not only do . . . More
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Last by Genomic Repairman on Oct 14, 2010, 7:47am
"Fireflies" by Rhett Miller and Rachael Yamagata



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Last by the modern scientist on Oct 25, 2010, 7:59pm
So the idea here was to ask my mom who is a complete non-science person a question about science or stuff in general to get her opinion on the matter. So basically what I do is call my mom ask here the question and scribble down the conversation and by way of xtranormal I bring to you Masterpiece Theatre. So if you guys have a question you want me to ask my mom, let me know and I'll ask away. And to kick off the first ever Ask Genomic RepairMom, we talk about stem cells. Enjoy.



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"This Magic Moment" by Ben E. King & the Drifters






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Last by 27 and a PhD on Oct 16, 2010, 7:15pm
I sometimes like to think of Science as a tribe (if you don't just shut the fuck up and play along with me here).  When you get down to it we really are just one big family with a shared goal in mind, discovering the mysteries of this world and on a more focused level improving the human condition for us biomedical scientists.  Often younger scientists like myself look to more senior folks for advice and role models.  Towards the end of my MS program I found one in a PhD student named Ryan.  We crossed paths a fair amount on campus and in the halls of the undergrad that we both taught at to make extra money.  So invariably we always chatted about science and life.  He was an incredibly insightful guy who would let me bounce ideas off of him and never treated me like the sorry ass noob that I was.  By chance we both graduated at the same time, he with his doctorate and me with my MS.  I kept in touch with him by email for a while when he left for his postdoc in big name lab.  He was excited and even confided to me that he was nervous about keeping up with the pace in the lab.  When would shoot weekly emails back and forth as he was starting his postdoc and I was kicking the tires on my PhD program.

And then nothing.  I hadn't heard back from the guy for a while. . . . More
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Last by Brian Krueger, PhD on Oct 12, 2010, 1:34pm
Finally someone has unseated Dr. Becca for the top spot this week, so a big congratulation goes to Alyssa who smoked the competition by 3 points.



Comet Hunter FTW!!!

And the list continues:

2. Dr. O (Moving up a places)

3. Thomas Joseph (Scaling back up the Fantasy Football Mt. Olympus)

4. Jade Ed (Feels pretty nice to be out of the 8th spot, huh?)

5. PLS (Finally decided to get out of 4th place, too bad you had to fall a spot, but kudos on consistency)

6. LabSpaces badboy Tideliar (Second week at #6, picks are working out)

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Last by JanedeLartigue on Oct 12, 2010, 12:00pm
Ramblin Man by The Allman Brothers Band...



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Last by Genomic Repairman on Oct 12, 2010, 11:43am
First let me start off and thank you guys not only for all the congratulations but all the well wishes along the way, it was much appreciated.

So I did it.  I passed.  I'd like to say something nice about this experience but I can't think of anything.  It was a bitch, to literally become a pseudo-expert in a field that is not your own and put together a proposal that is moderately intelligible is not easy.  But it was a good practice as during the oral portion of the exam you have to think on your feet and be able to come up with and defend solid ideas.  And I think what a lot of folks have an issue with is that the ideas must be HYPOTHESIS DRIVEN.  This was not my issue but the exam committee seems to mention this as a common weakness in students.  So friends, romans, countrymen, downtrodden graduate students, lend me your ears; I come to bury Ceasar...shit wait, wrong speech.  Seriously guys if you don't have a hypothesis, you don't have an experiment.  The hypothesis comes before the experiment and it is what drives the work, nay even, it drives the entire proposal.  The written portion was easy, the hard part was standing before 5 scientists who have been doing this forever and defending your ideas and answering their questions.  You really can't show weak . . . More
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Last by Autistic Lurker on Oct 13, 2010, 9:50pm
Catchy title and catchy tune by Eric Clapton, however it was written and originally recorded by blues and rockabilly guitarist JJ Cale.



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Last by Jason Goldman on Oct 11, 2010, 4:35pm
"If you want a revolution
The only solution, evolve"

Written by David Banner, performed by Kermitt Quinn of BLACKstreet.



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Last by Professor in Training on Oct 09, 2010, 12:56pm
Yo Yo, I passed!  Listen I'd love to chat and I'll post more about it on Monday, but I've got a bottle of Johnny Walker Blue Label waiting on me.  Have a great weekend, I won't remember mine.

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Last by Evie on Oct 11, 2010, 8:47am
A hilarious skit by comedian Mike Polk of Runawaybox/Manintheboxshow.



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Last by becca on Oct 08, 2010, 3:42pm
So I'm taking a little break from working on this presentation to throw some knowledge at you all. So today, class, I'd like to talk to you folks about PALB2. PALB2, what do you say that is? Simple my friends, PALB2 is known as Partner and Localizer of BRCA2 or FANCN (really confusing to call them some name for the Fanconi Anemia Pathway). So what's so hot about PALB2, its an integral subunit of the Fanconi Anemia complex which is used in the repair of DNA interstrand crosslinks (ICLs). Why should I care about ICLs? Its a fair question you pose youngblood. Well Fanconi Anemia patients generally have bone marrow failure, thumb abnormalities, and are also sensitive to ICL agents, you know like Cisplatin. See ICL agents are one of the most common chemotherapeutic treatments out there (Cisplatin, Carboplatin, etc.), drawing its roots from the use of Nitrogen Mustard for chemical warfare during WWII. This agent worked pretty well as it was sort of a sedentary station to station battle where every inch of ground was hard fought and advances were made slowly. Nitrogen Mustard is still in use today, though not really for warfare purposes, but to treat skin warts. Yeah, yeah, yeah, what about this PALB2 thing. Well in the process of repairing ICLs, you eventuall . . . More
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