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  1. A call for open lab and reusable lab protocols

    About a year ago, I came across a really interesting Science paper entitled "Rapid and inefficient isolation of single cells from soil". In it, the authors -- from a well-known lab at UC Davis -- described how they used low-percentage agarose gels to extract thousands of individual cells from a soil sample …

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  2. The Parable of the Mad Photocopier

    (I came across this fragmentary blog post that I wrote sometime in December. It's a fine example of a failed allegory. To what, I'll let you determine for yourself. Anyway, in case anyone wants to know what dreck doesn't make it out of my computer onto the Intarweb, well, here's …

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  3. CSE 891, Computational Science for Evolutionary Biologists

    Course page at: http://ged.msu.edu/courses/2010-fall-cse-891/:

    This course will introduce biologists to computational thinking, practical computational techniques, and research topics in computational evolution. The course will consist of three intensive hands-on 5-week modules: computational competence in UNIX; data mining and hypothesis generation using the Avida digital life …
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