Saturday, July 9, 2011
Tuesday, May 17, 2011
Posted by Alejandro Montenegro-Montero at 12:05 PM
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Friday, April 8, 2011
Posted by Alejandro Montenegro-Montero at 5:34 PM
Fantastic. Just great.
Thursday, April 7, 2011
Posted by Alejandro Montenegro-Montero at 3:20 PM
A new edition of The MolBio Carnival is now up at Alles was lebt
Check it out now!
Tuesday, April 5, 2011
Posted by Alejandro Montenegro-Montero at 6:48 AM
Who would you choose as your PI?
In case you don't know who some of these people are, here are some links.
Charles Montgomery Burns
Sunday, April 3, 2011
Posted by Alejandro Montenegro-Montero at 10:30 AM
-DrugMonkey, on a post entitled "The Care and Feeding of Your PI: A tip for grad students and postdocs"
(Image credit)(...) This brings me to the observation that it is not just the case that we evil PIs only train PhD level scientists for technical work. It is also the case that somemany trainees show little evidence that they themselves understand that bench work IS just technical work. If you don't have a conceptual grasp of what you are trying to understand, big picture, you are soooo not ready to be a PI. A scientist, yes indeed, but not a scientist ready to head up an independent research program. You don't get there only by reading papers. You get there by writing. Writing academic text. Whether that be for a dissertation that will only moulder in the library or for a manuscript ready for publication.
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Monday, March 7, 2011
Posted by Alejandro Montenegro-Montero at 12:34 PM
Friday, February 25, 2011
Posted by Alejandro Montenegro-Montero at 11:10 AM
Thursday, February 10, 2011
Posted by Alejandro Montenegro-Montero at 7:16 PM
Hop over to the GE Global Research site and check John Nelson's full list...
Just a sample:
You know you’re a biologist when…
-You use the word “aliquot” in regular sentences.
-You’ve made dry ice grenades.
Monday, February 7, 2011
Posted by Francisco Barriga at 12:45 PM
|Design of a collection of novel proteins and rescue of E. coli auxotrophs. From the paper discussed by Michael.|
|Dormant bacteria (source)|
|Inositol pyrophosphates inhibit |
Akt signaling (Source)
Monday, January 31, 2011
Posted by Alejandro Montenegro-Montero at 9:08 AM
".... my new results, to be unveiled, are experiments to show why my experiments failed..."
Posted by Alejandro Montenegro-Montero at 8:47 AM
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Monday, January 17, 2011
Posted by Alejandro Montenegro-Montero at 5:19 AM
On 10 December 2010, we asked you to consider the environmental benefits of reduced travel and then choose the option that best reflects your answer to this question: Would you participate in an annual meeting remotely (via video teleconferencing or other technology)?
Yes: Participating remotely would be about as valuable as attending in person.
Yes: It would lose some value, but the trade-off would be acceptable given the environmental benefits.
No: It would lose some value, and the trade-off would be unacceptable despite the environmental benefits.
No: Participating remotely would be about as valuable as not attending at all.
“Until we come up with holographic teleconferencing with the ability to eat virtual lunch together in smaller groups, there will always be a need for large gatherings from time to time.”
Saturday, January 15, 2011
Posted by Alejandro Montenegro-Montero at 10:49 AM
This hugely influential book, published in 1966 as a 60th birthday tribute to Max Delbrück, is now republished as The Centennial Edition. On first publication, the book was hailed as “[introducing] into the literature of science, for the first time, a self–conscious historical element in which the participants in scientific discovery engage in writing their own chronicle. As such, it is an important document in the history of biology...” (Journal of History of Biology). And in another review it was described as “required reading for every student of experimental biology...[who] will sense the smell and rattle of the laboratory” (Bioscience). The book was a formative influence on many of today’s leading scientists.
which is sitting in my desk asking me when I will pick it up.
Sunday, January 9, 2011
Posted by Alejandro Montenegro-Montero at 5:30 PM
(...)to me the question boils down to what the least publishable unit is. Can you publish a single well controlled experiment. Or does it have to be in the context of a story?
Be sure to check the comments on my last post and the two related Letters in Science (see here and here).There are pros and cons, obviously, so I wanted to know what fellow scientists think about this interesting subject, which has been discussed at length before, but for which new readers can have interesting insights.
Comment away! Also, follow me on Twitter, as fantastic discussions usually take place through it.
UPDATE: There are some comments over at Friendfeed.
Posted by Alejandro Montenegro-Montero at 10:00 AM
(...) Most of us who are actively involved in science today do not worry about a hypothetical paper glut, for the simple reason that we store scientific documents electronically, not on paper. In the electronic age, the claim can be made that a manuscript is suitable for publication if it is technically sound and that the importance of any particular article should be determined after publication by the readership. This is the claim made by PLoS ONE, whose explosive success in scientific publishing is an indication that the contemporary scientific community endorses the claim.With a rigorous peer-review system, competent scientists can publish and will flourish; incompetent scientists cannot publish and will perish. In the end, science wins.
-Roberto Refinetti, on a recent letter to Science, entitled "Publish and Flourish".
Saturday, January 8, 2011
Posted by Alejandro Montenegro-Montero at 8:53 AM
|Part of the new Gabriela Mistral Center, right next to my University, is to the right. The Lastarria neighborhood, filled with restaurants and bars is at the back (Image credit)|