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Hello World from the lab!

Part spider - part lab monkey, will do science for cash, strawberries, or for a place to be that's out of the rain (but preferably for cash).

The rest of what I get up to goes into the Tunnel of Goats :)

Urgent Science Stuff:

Please help reform English libel law
Current UK libel laws are very bad for science and free speech.


Cool science stuff:

RCSB Protein data bank: Molecule of the Month in alphabetical order

The PCR Song It's the little things that keep you going...

NCBI's Entrez Gene My favourite starting point for finding out what is known about any gene of interest.

NCBI's PubMed Where to go to find pretty much all research published in the last 30 years or so (may go back a lot further now). All newly published research is quickly added to the site.

The Genetic Code - table of the DNA/RNA triplet codes for amino acids. This is how DNA codes for protein.

Another PCR song Disco frenzy :)


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Making plates and primers

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More agar for plate making and finding the right sequence to amplify up for my next attempts at cloning. Sooner or later something has to work. If an infinite number of Spidermonkeys were given typewriters etc. etc.
2nd Dec 2009, 21:55  

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Spidermonkey says:

I have to be getting closer as I don't think I can get further away... Feels slow going though.

Will check out your link. Sounds really interesting and I really should know more about MCC generally. But tonight I have choir practice (concert on Saturday!) so will come back to that one later.

2nd Dec 2009, 22:47

billion says:

I'm being nosy again...

the screenshot in no 2, does that represent dna? and you're searching for a particular section to "amplify?"

3rd Dec 2009, 00:06

Spidermonkey says:

:) Nosy is good. Makes me think!
Number 2 is actually a screenshot of the amino acid sequence (single letter code) A=alanine, G=glycine, S=serine, Q=glutamine etc. Each amino acid is coded for by a triplet of nucleotides. I will put a link in to a genetic code table, that should help. It still amazes me every time I look at it, and if you look at the amino acid structures as well you can really see how evolution works at the most basic of levels too. Often when DNA sequences are different between species for the same gene, the overall protein structure is conserved (i.e. it is basically the same shape at the macromolecular level).

3rd Dec 2009, 22:04