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How I love personalised spam email

In my work mailbox, I receive a daily dose of emails soliciting my participation in international conferences (usually, but not always, located in China or one of the arab nations, and usually in a field or research I’m not active… Continue reading →

The life cycle of the enigmatic Trichoplax

Way back in 2008 I wrote a brief blog article about the sequencing of the genome of a rather poorly unusual organism, Trichoplax adhaerens (What the heck is a Placozoan, anyway?).  The interest there was that the genome had a… Continue reading →

On the gain of genes and gene function (Wonderful Life)

I’ve posted a brief article (On the gain of genes and gene function) over at Wonderful Life on two recent papers that reveal something of the rate and nature of gene duplication and diversification within the species of Drosophila.  This… Continue reading →

ScienceDirect -> SciVerse

Image via CrunchBase I’ve been trying to overhaul my reprint collection* and bibliography, using the Mendeley Research Networks system.  Access to many journals comes via Elsevier’s ScienceDirect, which has been down for most of yesterday “for scheduled maintenance”.  At the… Continue reading →

Two views on the NHS Summary Care Record

Having opted out from having my medical records exposed to an astounding number of people via the NHS Summary Care Record (SCR) scheme, I’m always interested in seeing opinions on the SCR. There are a couple of open access opinion… Continue reading →

Fly heads

Here’s the cover picture from the February 2009 issue of Genetics, which just arrived in my office. I think this counts as art!  The caption is Adult heads of Drosophila melanogaster mass-fractionated for RNA extraction. Or, to paraphrase Edmund Spenser, “Dead… Continue reading →

In the Journals – Tasmanian Devil Tumours

Life-history change in disease-ravaged Tasmanian devil populations Jones et al (2008) PNAS July 22, 2008 vol. 105 no. 29 10023–10027 Full text (requires subscription); Abstract (free access) Tasmanian devils (Sarcophilus harrisii) are the largest extant marsupial carnivore – male specimens… Continue reading →

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