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The panel is changing more slowly now, but the oranges and greens are getting richer and the sulfur-enriched mud is showing more and coalescing black spots.
The level of the mud dropped overnight. This could be due to settling of the … Continue reading
The Winogradsky panel is developing much more quickly than I had expected. Differences are noticeable from day to day.
The panel at day 4.
The colors at the interface are richer and thicker. The green sulfur bacteria below the orange layer are … Continue reading
One of the research projects in my lab is to investigate the microbial communities present in Winogradsky columns. You can read more about what a Winogradsky column is here. Over the next little while, I will be carefully watching the … Continue reading
As a bonus question on their final exam, I asked my intro biology students whether or not they would want to have their genome sequenced. The question was:
It is already possible to get your whole genome sequenced and it wont … Continue reading
Slime molds look kind of like vomit but they are pretty awesome. In fact, one of them is affectionately nicknamed “dog vomit slime mold.” While vacationing in British Columbia, my 2 year old son, exploring in the trees and shrubs, … Continue reading
Contributed by guest blogger: Brooke Schieffer ’12
In September of last year, a group of researchers infected cancer patients with a genetically engineered poxvirus. While this may sound like something out of a horror movie, it is actually quite the opposite: … Continue reading
The Journal of Virology was founded in 1967 by three scientists, including Lloyd Kozloff, who passed away this week.
Sarah Kozloff, Lloyd’s daughter, is a professor in the Film Department at Vassar College. She told me of her scientist father about a … Continue reading
A recent article in Vassar’s newspaper, The Miscellany News, discussed the Vassar Raw Milk Co-op, which brings unpasteurized milk to Vassar College (Co-op offers raw milk delivery service, Nov 10,2011). The article raises several important questions about raw milk, … Continue reading
When a student is absent from class, they usually send me an email to explain why. Occasionally I get emails from students in my microbiology or virology classes explaining their absence from class as a result of some infectious … Continue reading