Archive for the ‘Genetics’ Category

CRISPR Clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats

Monday, January 2nd, 2017

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Foldit: Online Protein Folding Puzzle

Monday, July 13th, 2015


Foldit is an online puzzle video game about protein folding. The game is part of an experimental research project, and is developed by the University of Washington's Center for Game Science in collaboration with the UW Department of Biochemistry. The objective of the game is to fold the structure of selected proteins as well as possible, using various tools provided within the game. The highest scoring solutions are analysed by researchers, who determine whether or not there is a native structural configuration (or native state) that can be applied to the relevant proteins, in the "real world". Scientists can then use such solutions to solve "real-world" problems, by targeting and eradicating diseases, and creating biological innovations. A 2010 paper in science journal Nature credited Foldit's 57,000 players with providing useful results that matched or outperformed algorithmically computed solutions.

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Video: Human Behavioral Biology – Stanford professor Robert Sapolsky

Wednesday, July 8th, 2015

The whole class series

A quite interesting take down on life's various reproductive and evolutionary strategies.  

Video: Life on Earth – David Attenborough

Tuesday, June 23rd, 2015

See how evolution created all life on Earth.  Note how development of our technology is identically equal to this process.

Life on Earth – 01 The Infinite Variety 

Life on Earth – 02:  Building Bodies



Video: Are We the Last Neanderthals?

Sunday, June 14th, 2015

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Homebuilt DNA Array Printer Plans

Sunday, May 24th, 2015

LungPuckaLoomis Man.  He needs a cup of Cough cough coughee

           LungPuckaLoomis Man

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Video: Microfluidics Technology

Tuesday, August 12th, 2014

Video: Synthetic Genetics – Craig Venter

Tuesday, August 12th, 2014

EteRNA – Online RNA design game that also does real design

Tuesday, January 28th, 2014

I read claims of this producing consistently better designs than those done by computers. I guess that is not saying much but it is interesting enough to warrant playing and see what the game does.

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Genes, the Brain and Behavior: Cracking the Circuits for Olefaction

Monday, November 18th, 2013