It's been quite a year since I joined ScienceBlogs in June and there've been many interesting things to write about.
Here's a sampling of your favorites (and some of mine) from month to month.
- Hello Kitty! or Don't Eat Me, I Study Genetics!
The story of the endangered Florida Panthers and the danger of getting confused between preserving the signs of inbreeding and preserving a species.
- I also gave a workshop for teachers in June at the Bio-Link conference. So, June has quite a few posts about Bio-Link.
- Am I really related to Cleopatra? Qualitatively measuring DNA sequence quality.
In which we explore geneaology, mitochondrial sequencing, and interpreting DNA sequencing results.
- Digital Biology Fridays were also a big hit in July and throughout the year. Each Friday, I demonstrate educational activities that students can do to to learn how to use bioinformatics tools and databases. These dropped off for a bit in November and December but will resume shortly.
- Waxing lyrical about that stuff in our ears
Truly a human interest story. This post presents the polymorphisms behind the consistency of ear wax and discusses the genetics of race.
- Using HIV to understand evolution
In which we use HIV to demonstrate how evolution can be witnessed in just a few short weeks.
- White people are mutants
Insights about human genetics race learned from mutant zebrafish.
- It's not the subject, it's the teaching discusses the lack of teacher preparation at the college level. This post led to a series of posts on science teaching which will be continued in 2007. Just like Orac is interested in evidence-based-medicine, I am interested in seeing more evidence-based teaching.
- Tales from the lab
I went a little crazy on Halloween, what can I say?
- Will the real jellyfish please stand up?
Do science journalists and the companies that sell educational materials have a responsibility to portray science accurately? This post discusses the case of green fluorescent protein and jellyfish.
- What's that taste?
Never leave Streptomyces cultures in your refrigerator at home!
- Thanksgiving Leftovers: Under the Microscope
Would you recognize your leftovers at 40X magnification?