I can’t figure out why this damned, supposedly “necessary” transcriptional activator is abolished in the strain that produces the antibiotic.  Is “because of reasons” an acceptable answer to put in my thesis?

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  • 1 month ago
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Does anyone else get irrationally angry when people use “bacteria” and “virus” interchangeably?

Like, seriously.  Humans are more closely related to either of these than they are to each other.  

And while I’m at it: you can’t take antibiotics for a fucking cold or a flu because, surprise, these illnesses are caused by viral infections and antibiotics only work on bacteria.  You know, because viruses don’t have cell walls or ribosomes or really any of the necessary cellular components that antibiotics disrupt (because viruses aren’t even cells).  

Yes, there are antiviral drugs (and antifungal drugs) but neither of these things can be called an antibiotic, as that term is generally reserved for drugs that act against bacteria.  

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  • 2 months ago
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So, I think the boss reeeeallly wants me to do my PhD here.  He keeps sending me all of these insane scholarships to apply for.  He also wants to send me to work in a lab in India for 6 months (sweet moustache!) and is trying to find travel grants for me to apply to.  Does this mean that I am one of the cool kids now?

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  • 9 months ago
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Well, just sent my protein samples to UVic for analysis.  A year’s worth of work and $100,000 of funding are resting on this.  Please, please let the plane not crash.

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  • 11 months ago
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Guess who has two thumbs and  might have just found a new clavulanic acid-producing species? This kid right here! Science for the win!  

Note: results are all very preliminary, much more work needs to be done, and then a paper shall be written and published.  Can’t give away too much info until that happens.  :)

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  • 11 months ago
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A paper just referred to a conjugation strain as “promiscuous”.  I lost it.  

Slutty E. coli.

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