Something to think about: the recent Gibbons et al. (2013) PNAS paper found that *one* site in the English Channel showed a 31.7-66.2% overlap in microbial communities when compared to any one of 356 datasets collected as part of the International Census of Marine Microbes (ICoMM). That’s a ridiculous overlap! As the paper title suggests, . . . → Read More: Endemic Genomes? Reason #1 to sequence the Deep Sea
Genomics, Biodiversity, and Antarctica – three of my favourite things! For all you expedition junkies, these three things are exactly the focus of the 2013 “Ivy Inverts” cruise. My Gulf oil spill collaborator at Auburn University, Ken Halanych (along with an international team of students and colleagues), is currently steaming towards Antarctica aboard the Research . . . → Read More: “Icy Inverts” 2013 Cruise – Scientific Adventures in Antarctic Waters
My fellow Deeplings have been barraging the blog with “Best of” and “Top 10″ lists in recent memory. Now its my turn to chime in. Only…I don’t work with actual animals. I work with DNA sequences. I spent my PhD sitting under the microscope, where I vowed never again! Now I work with gigabyte-sized text . . . → Read More: Top 5 scariest species…from, er, DNA?
I seem to develop these weird, unfounded hatreds of various things. For example: I hate blue dinnerware. Not every shade of blue dinnerware (I LOVE prussian blue glassware), but I severely dislike those particular gray-blue shades reminiscent of country Americana. I can’t explain it–the mere sight of plates like these makes me angry. I would . . . → Read More: I hate plants, but seagrasses are awesome
There’s a new paper today describing the use of very short sequences (100 base pairs long) and sophisticated computational algorithms to map out an entire genome sequence. Falling asleep yet? Ok, that technology might sound pretty cool, but for us molecular biologists it is sooo last season in the genomics world (like beige nail polish . . . → Read More: Hot dayum, Craig Venter