The indirect applications of leisure technology

As grant applications within science become increasingly competitive, the pressure grows to highlight the direct benefits of one’s research to human health and prosperity. These are the impact statements–is your research going to directly contribute to the “cure”? Unfortunately, this attitude obscures a very important source of new knowledge and tools–simple curiosity and ‘play’. It…

Happy Halloween!

I know you were wondering this today, and yes, there is a subset of genes named “Halloween genes”. In line with a long standing tradition of naming biological units after silly things, the halloween gene family includes spook, spookier, phantom (phm), disembodied (dib), shadow (sad), and shade. These genes were first identified in Drosophila melanogaster (fruit…

Lecture Summary: Dopamine Neuron Regulation & Its Implications for Schizophrenia

Speaker: Professor Anthony Grace, University of Pittsburg Date/Time: 13 October 2016, 4-6pm Venue: Lecture Theatre, Hadyn Ellis Building, Cardiff University Lecture Summary: Dopamine Neuron Regulation & its Implications for the Treatment and Prevention of Schizophrenia      Most drug treatments for schizophrenia target the dopaminergic system, but many gene variants linked to schizophrenia (and subsequently targeted for research) are relevant…

Graphene and the Cyborg Circuit Board

How much of a human do you need to replace to create a cyborg? How far can you go before a cyborg becomes a biological computer?  Does Inspector Gadget from the 1983 TV series still retain the autonomy, dignity, and essential rights he had before becoming a cyborg? Some of the common characteristics that define…

Genome Browser Tutorial Level 1

Welcome to Genome Browser! This overview is meant to introduce you to a few of the basics of this tool. We’ll go through the process of looking up a gene, finding the databased information about that gene (including the sequence), and locating chromosomal elements around the gene such as CpG islands and chromatin modifications. This tutorial…

Genome Browser Tutorial Level 0

Welcome to Genome Browser Tutorial Level 0. This is a tutorial meant to describe Genome Browser in basic, general terms, with the goal of introducing you to its central functions and available information. Hopefully this will help you decide if you will be able to use this tool to find the right information about the gene, sequence, regulatory…