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Synthetic Biology: A New Approach to Science

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NASA's global warming factsheet

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Global warming is happening now, and scientists are confident that greenhouse gases are responsible. To understand what this means for humanity, it is necessary to understand what global warming is, how scientists know it's happening, and how they predict future climate.

 

Once the world’s fourth largest lake, the mighty Aral Sea is now in it’s death throws. Starved of it’s lifeblood of the waters of the Syr Darya and the Amu Darya rivers, the sea has been shrinking for the last 40 years.

 

Are the ozone hole and global warming related?What can we do about global warming?What if global warming isn’t as severe as predicted?Why is global warming a problem?Has the Sun been more active in recent decades, and could it be responsible for some global warming?If Earth has warmed and cooled throughout history, what makes scientists think that humans are causing global warming now?How do scientists know that Mauna Loa’s volcanic emissions don’t affect the carbon dioxide data collected there?Do satellite observations of atmospheric temperatures agree with surface-based observations and model predictions?What does NASA have to do with global warming?Are there natural processes that can amplify or limit global warming?If we immediately stopped emitting greenhouses gases, would global warming stop?If we stabilized greenhouse gas emissions at today’s rates, would global warming stop?


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Eli Levine's curator insight, April 8, 5:10 AM

It is an idiot who believes that humanity does not impact their own home through their activity.  It is also pretty stupid to select financial, material wealth over health, well being and sustainability, from a biological and sociological point of view.

 

Yet this is precisely what humanity has chosen to do.

 

At least, the sections of humanity who make decisions as to what happens in our world.  The rest of us are merely guilty of complacency and lack of access to real power (which is proactively enforced by those who currently hold defacto power in our world; the same people who are responsible for making the policy regimen that is causing global warming and greenhouse gas emissions to increase, remain the same or insignificantly decrease).

 

There's a reason how we're all going to die.  Looks like humanity is just going to be one brief little spark in the geological and cosmological history of our planet and universe.

 

A shame, since we have so much potential, if it weren't for those diseased brains sitting in places of power, consequence and authority.

 

Think about it.

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On Teaching

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by Stanley Falkow
Fig. 1. Trouble jumping in? Source.
A graduate student came to my office recently to say that she was increasingly bothered by anxiety and the ‘terror’ of having to speak at laboratory meetings.
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The Tree of Life: Most important paper ever in microbiology? Woese & Fox, 1977, discovery of archaea

The Tree of Life: Most important paper ever in microbiology? Woese & Fox, 1977, discovery of archaea | mikrobiologija | Scoop.it
Covering this in EVE161 today: Most important paper ever in microbiology? Woese & Fox, 1977, discovery of archaea http://t.co/YwEDenoICK
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FAQ: Human Microbiome, January 2014

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In July 2013, the American Academy of Microbiology convened a panel of experts to help answer common questions people have about the human microbiome.
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A congruent phylogenomic signal places eukaryotes within the Archaea

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Online Microbiology and Cell Science Degree

Online Microbiology and Cell Science Degree | mikrobiologija | Scoop.it
Online Microbiology & Cell Science B.S. degree from the University of Florida. (You can complete your Bachelor of Science in Microbiology & Cell Science online.
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Pills of the future: Drug-carrying nanoparticles - Nanowerk

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Pills of the future: Drug-carrying nanoparticles
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However, this approach can have unwanted side effects because when the barriers are broken, harmful bacteria can also get through.
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La polio, une menace de plus pour les civils syriens

La polio, une menace de plus pour les civils syriens | mikrobiologija | Scoop.it
L'organisation mondiale de la Santé a confirmé que 10 enfants syriens avaient contractés la polio, une maladie potentiellement mortelle qui fait l'objet d'un vaste programme d'éradication depuis des années.

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Are Genetically Modified Foods Safe? - RYOT

Are Genetically Modified Foods Safe? - RYOT | mikrobiologija | Scoop.it
Are Genetically Modified Foods Safe?
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That's not surprising, said Greg Jaffe, director of biotechnology for the Center for Science in the Public Interest.
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PeerJ: Galaxy tools and workflows for sequence analysis with applications in molecular plant pathology (2013)

PeerJ: Galaxy tools and workflows for sequence analysis with applications in molecular plant pathology (2013) | mikrobiologija | Scoop.it

The Galaxy Project offers the popular web browser-based platform Galaxy for running bioinformatics tools and constructing simple workflows. Here, we present a broad collection of additional Galaxy tools for large scale analysis of gene and protein sequences. The motivating research theme is the identification of specific genes of interest in a range of non-model organisms, and our central example is the identification and prediction of “effector” proteins produced by plant pathogens in order to manipulate their host plant. This functional annotation of a pathogen’s predicted capacity for virulence is a key step in translating sequence data into potential applications in plant pathology.

 

This collection includes novel tools, and widely-used third-party tools such as NCBI BLAST+ wrapped for use within Galaxy. Individual bioinformatics software tools are typically available separately as standalone packages, or in online browser-based form. The Galaxy framework enables the user to combine these and other tools to automate organism scale analyses as workflows, without demanding familiarity with command line tools and scripting. Workflows created using Galaxy can be saved and are reusable, so may be distributed within and between research groups, facilitating the construction of a set of standardised, reusable bioinformatic protocols.

 

The Galaxy tools and workflows described in this manuscript are open source and freely available from the Galaxy Tool Shed http://toolshed.g2.bx.psu.edu


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julien levy's curator insight, September 23, 2013 9:24 AM

Iplant or Galaxy webbased ?

 

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What happened to biofuels? - The Economist

What happened to biofuels? - The Economist | mikrobiologija | Scoop.it
What happened to biofuels? The Economist The second is to convert those sugars into drop-in fuels to suit existing vehicles, via a thermochemical process (using catalysts, extreme temperatures and high pressures) or a biochemical process (using...
 
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Deep-ocean carbon sinks: Basic research on dark ocean microorganisms - Science Daily (press release)

Deep-ocean carbon sinks: Basic research on dark ocean microorganisms - Science Daily (press release) | mikrobiologija | Scoop.it
Deep-ocean carbon sinks: Basic research on dark ocean microorganisms Science Daily (press release) Mattes says that while many people are familiar with the concept of trees and grass absorbing carbon from the air, bacteria, and ancient...
 
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TWiM #59: Are Viruses Part of Our Immune System?

TWiM #59: Are Viruses Part of Our Immune System? | mikrobiologija | Scoop.it
Hosts: Vincent Racaniello, and Michael Schmidt.
Vincent and Michael discuss the finding that bacteriophage might be part of the mucosal antimicrobial defense system. 
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The anti-detox: 'Poo therapy' will replace cleanses, fashionable detoxes, US ... - National Post

The anti-detox: 'Poo therapy' will replace cleanses, fashionable detoxes, US ... - National Post | mikrobiologija | Scoop.it
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However, scientists in the U.S. have come up with the “anti-detox” — a treatment that involves putting waste back in.
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PLOS ONE: Archaea on Human Skin

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PLOS ONE: an inclusive, peer-reviewed, open-access resource from the PUBLIC LIBRARY OF SCIENCE. Reports of well-performed scientific studies from all disciplines freely available to the whole world.
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The hottest articles published in Trends in Biotechnology :: Peccoud ...

The hottest articles published in Trends in Biotechnology :: Peccoud ... | mikrobiologija | Scoop.it
As member of the editorial board of Trends in Biotechnology, I thought it might be useful to identify the Trends in Biotechnology articles that generate the most buzz. Below are the articles that have been mentioned in social ...
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Basic Microbiology Laboratory Techniques

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The Microbiology of Beer - LumiByte

The Microbiology of Beer - LumiByte | mikrobiologija | Scoop.it
Almost everywhere people have developed their own beer made from locally available grains.
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Probiotic drink changes reaction of cells lining nasal passages of hay fever ... - News-Medical.net

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Abundance of bacteria vs. archaea: new paper reduces my confusion

Abundance of bacteria vs. archaea: new paper reduces my confusion | mikrobiologija | Scoop.it
As marine sediment gets deeper, do archaea increase in abundance relative to bacteria? This seemingly simple question has generated a surprising diversity of different answers since people started looking at the deep ...
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How climate change affects microbial life below the seafloor - R & D Magazine

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How climate change affects microbial life below the seafloor
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Below the seafloor, consortia of two different domains of microorganisms (archaea and bacteria) tap the energy of methane, which they oxidize by using sulfate.
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Programmed Cell Death

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by S. Marvin Friedman
Gone are the days when bacteria were thought to just grow and divide and not bother to converse with one another.
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Gut Lecture

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Over the many years that I taught microbiology to medical students, perhaps my least favorite lecture was the one on the “normal flora,” what we now call the microbiome.
 
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Bacteria from Lean Humans Can Slim Obese Mice - Genetic Engineering News

Bacteria from Lean Humans Can Slim Obese Mice - Genetic Engineering News | mikrobiologija | Scoop.it
Genetic Engineering News Bacteria from Lean Humans Can Slim Obese Mice Genetic Engineering News Graduate student Vanessa Ridaura and colleagues at the Center for Genome Sciences and Systems Biology, University of Washington School of Medicine...
 
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Is Rabies Really 100% Fatal?

Is Rabies Really 100% Fatal? | mikrobiologija | Scoop.it
Eight years ago, Jeanna Giese stunned the scientific community by becoming the first known person to survive Rabies without vaccination. Now, research and a new rabies treatment plan have called into question Rabies's supposed 100% fatality rate.

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Ed Rybicki's curator insight, August 23, 2013 3:18 AM

Fascinating post from a young blogger!

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In biology, 100% is.....