Category Archives: General Science Interest

Python – first experiences

I’ve started using Python much more these days as I begin to switch to Tellurium as the standard modeling platform. Python is of course very popular and so I expected a very modern language which to a large degree it … Continue reading

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Science Funding in the US

I saw today (14th Jan, 2014) in  the news that Congress has come to an agreement on the budget to Sept 30, 2014. The Huffington Post had an article which discussed the effect of cuts on the NIH. In particular … Continue reading

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New preprint service at bioRxiv

A new preprint service called bio-archive and operated by Cold Spring Harbor has opened that is specifically for biologists. What’s nice is that they also accepts papers on systems biology, bioinformatics, and synthetic biology. This is a welcome addition especially after … Continue reading

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ORCID – Finally I am Unique

It’s taken some time but it looks like there is now a viable unique identification system for researchers. No longer will John Smith’s h-index apparently be 459. ORCID which stands for Open Researcher and Contributor ID, is a non-proprietary code to uniquely … Continue reading

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Whole Cell Models

We’ve seen in the last couple of years increased interest in building whole cell models, that is computer models that attempt to simulate a whole organism. The most recent attempt was by Karr et al, published in Cell, 2012, 150(2), … Continue reading

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Filming Paramecium bursaria

I got myself a camera attachment from AmScope for the relatively cheap microscope I have (A OMAX 40X-2000X Digital Binocular Biological Compound Microscope – find it on Amazon). I used my wife’s Cannon 3Ti to take the video. Got some … Continue reading

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According to Science Mag, Amps are Volts!

I saw a recent article in Science mag about using electric shocks to boost mental abilities. Interesting article in itself but what really caught my attention was this sentence: “The electrical current slowly ramped up to about 1 milliamp—a tiny … Continue reading

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Synthetic Biology: It’s an analog world

I significant paper on synthetic biology got published this week by an innovative group from MIT (Daniel et al). Read our News and Views article that discusses the importance of the paper.

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Linear Dynamics Application

There are a number of online apps that can show students the phase plane dynamics of a 2d system. Notable examples include: Phase Portrait Viewer from the d’Arbeloff Interactive Math Project – requires Java installed Wolfram Phase Portrait Viewer – … Continue reading

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Choke points, Load points, Hots spots and Key steps

Choke points, load points, hot spots, key steps and critical steps are some of the many phrases that have been coined to describe places in a biochemical network where perturbations are said to make a difference. Locating these places is … Continue reading

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