Life From Life

When you’re a scientist, you spend a lot taking things apart – isn’t one of everyone’s first experiments the dissection of a frog?  Of course, the reason you’re taking things apart is because you’re trying to figure out what makes them tick.  Enter the engineers.  Engineers, rather than take things apart, start putting them together…

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Ahead of My Time?

So, when I was a young scientist, I didn’t work on drug targets or diseases or anything remotely seen as practical.  I worked in a fairly esoteric field – protein folding and protein stability.   Why?  Well, because I thought it was cool.  No, really. Anyway, everyone outside of certain parts of Kansas and Louisiana knows…

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One More Reason To Despise Billy Mays

So, I don’t know about you, but I really don’t care how good Oxy-Clean works, the grating sound of Billy Mays’ voice is enough to keep me from spending money on it.  Whenever he appears on my TV, I am always thankful that I have a working “mute” feature. Anyway – I came across an…

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Science Fiction

One of the truly enjoyable things about doing science is when you come up with an idea – a hypothesis – and have a chance to test it.  This usually stems from the excitement that you think you’ve figured something out, and you want to see if further experiments support your hypothesis.  All too often…

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Out of the Office Assistant

I will be out of the the vox-office from Friday June 15th  through Sunday June 24th – probably with very limited internet access.  This will be strange. The Beloved and I are leaving for a trip to New England that goes…     Visit with friends     Attend scientific conference     Couple of days on our own The scientific…

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