The sandcastle of science

| October 6, 2010

.: Last month I made my first genuine scientific discovery: the genomic sequence and a mutant variant of the magnesium chelatase subunit I gene of Nicotiana sylvestris. It was a discovery only in the strictest technical sense, on par of someone “discovering” in the morning that they have just woken. No new theories were required […]

I just shut my ears when they talk biology

| September 30, 2010

Note: this entire post, though completely factual, is a setup for a terribly geeky joke. You have been warned. .: I’m sequencing the maize genome this week. Not the big one in the nucleus, mind you, but the smaller one in the chloroplast. The big genome is about 2.3 billion nucleotides long and would take […]