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Arizona Backs Off Its Speed Camera Program

00Sovereign Re:Huh? (513 comments)

West Virginia is 70 mph on Interstates. Pennsylvania is still 65 mph. Don't know about KY, IN, or MI.

more than 4 years ago

DNA Cancer Codes Cracked By International Effort

00Sovereign As A Cancer Researcher... (106 comments)

I've been following this for awhile. Looks like I get to update my "hit list" of gene targets to investigate. And that's what this will ultimately be...a list of interesting genes to look at for further investigation. No cures right away, it will take time to absorb this data into the collective intelligence of the medical research community and years to turn it into new treatments.

more than 4 years ago

Hard Drives Shipping with Star Trek

00Sovereign Re:$100 ... PLUS $10-$15 Charger PER Title (271 comments)

Another example: my local Wal-Mart has had a boxed copy of the now defunct "Tabula Rasa" MMO on clearance for $29 since Christmas 2008. It's still sitting there, collecting dust.

more than 4 years ago

Doctors Skirt FDA To Heal Patients With Stem Cells

00Sovereign Not to be the bad guy but... (394 comments)

As a biomedical researcher, I'm glad to finally see some of the promises of stem cells. However, this must be tempered by knowing that there exists a fine line between stem cells and cancer cells. Both grow outside of the normal controls that keep excess cell division in check. For stem cells, this is developmentally controlled by the neighboring cells. I wonder how these stem cells will respond when moved to a new environment and what the long term effects will be. I guess that FDA sanctioned or not, we're going to find out.

more than 4 years ago

What is the First Day in a University Lab Like?

00Sovereign Molecular BiologyViewpoint (200 comments)

I've got a Ph.D. in Molecular Biology and am currently a post-doctoral research associate in a molecular/cell biology lab. Although I can't speak for the computer / biology interface, here's some things that I've learned from a wet lab. I also have a student starting in a few weeks, so I'll give you the same advice that I gave him. Here goes: 1. It's called research for a reason - you do the same stuff over and over again until you get it to work. And even then, sometimes it doesn't work. And no one can explain it. 2. Keep a good notebook. You never know when the smallest detail may be the cause of a problem (See #1). Someone who comes later may have to try to reproduce your results. Sometimes this person is you. 3. There are as many PI (principal investigator) types as there are flavors of Jelly Belly candies. Some examples would be the demi-god (You, nor any of your lab mates, have ever seen them except on your first day), the helicopter (They hover over your every move and plan everything for you), the slacker (They have a foosball table in their office, and they schedule weekly tournaments), and the workaholic (They spend 100 hours a week in lab, why don't you?). Once you identify your PI's type, there are various ways to handle them. In general, do what your lab mates do and you'll be fine. 4. Have fun. You're getting payed to screw around with things. And no one expects everything that you do to work the first time. How awesome is that? The only better job is TV weatherman. Hope this helps.

more than 6 years ago


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