Genetic engineering of monkeys using CRISPR

For earlier CRISPR posts, see here. Off-target mutations seem to be under control in this study. Technology Review. Generation of Gene-Modified Cynomolgus Monkey via Cas9/RNA-Mediated Gene Targeting in One-Cell Embryos (DOI:10.1016/j.cell.2014.01.027) Monkeys serve as important model species for studying human diseases and developing therapeutic strategies, yet the application of monkeys in biomedical researches has been …

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People, Upgrade Your Slideshows

Tedx Kyoto hosted a fascinating talk by Garr Reynolds about professional speaking. Professional speaking is crucial in many fields, and it turns out that most people just aren’t very good at it. Reynolds emphasizes improving your speaking skills by focusing on having compelling, useful visual communication, and presenting as much of your information as possible …

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Going Alt-Ac: How to Begin

Maybe you have become disenchanted with academia and/or the academic job search, or you have recently discovered the numerous possibilities outside of the university. Perhaps you have known from the beginning that a different path calls to you, or maybe you’re just curious. Whatever the case may be, read on for tips and suggestions for …

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Susan George

Now if Frances Moore Lappé was the “no brainer” when it came around to naming the food ethics icons for 2014, Susan George is probably the dark horse. For no better reason than the fact that she lives in France, Susan George is all but invisible in present-day discourse and activism on the food system. …

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Thinking About a New Economy

There aren’t too many people globally, well at least the 1 per cent, who are satisfied with the current economy. I had written in a blog last fall about differing approaches to what I was putting under the umbrella of the New Economy with links to at least 15 differing ideas of possible new economy. …

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Tell It and They Will Come

As a writer, one asset that I am constantly reshaping is storytelling. Writers tell stories to entertain readers and keep their engagement, and if that goal isn’t achieved the risk of losing audience is a scary thought, “yikes!” Believe it or not the same goes for businesses with relation to clients. Robert Bruce shares a …

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Natural Almond Flavor and Allergen Labeling

Here is a tricky question regarding the Food Allergen Labeling and Consumer Protection Act (FALCPA). “Tree nut” is not defined in the FALCPA, and the term is ambiguous because there are different uses for the term, “nut.”  Most people know that peanuts, botanically, are not nuts but rather seeds. Similarly, almonds and pinyon seeds (“pine nuts”) are not …

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Histogram Abuse

Consider the following Trellis display of histograms of a response variable (Z), conditioned on two factors (X,Y) that can each be low, medium or high: The combined sample size for the nine plots is 10,000 observations. Would you agree with the following assessments? Z seems to be normally distributed for medium values of either X …

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STEM pays

Peak annual earnings for engineering graduates were even higher at $98k. Source: How Liberal Arts and Sciences Majors Fare in Employment: A Report on Earnings and Long-Term Career Paths. When I was a new faculty member at Oregon I was told with great earnestness by our President (a JD with limited understanding of STEM or …

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Tech Skills Ruled 2013

As the presence of companies grows online, they are constantly looking for web developers with the skills to get the job done. Although preference in development software varies, there was a significant spike in searches for a particular set of skills. According to Stack Overflow’s statistics, a culmination of frequently searched keywords by companies to …

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Challenges of Integrative Research

You can’t blame scientists for doing what they do best.  Integrative research can be a noble goal, but is it feasible? To give you the short answer, yes.  However, it takes a lot more effort than disciplinary research. Integrative research is one of the new buzzwords surrounding science, and it goes by many names: multidisciplinary, …

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Frances Moore Lappé

Well this one is kind of a no-brainer, isn’t it? Frances Moore Lappé wrote Diet for a Small Planet, published originally in 1971. Simply noticing that date should give some recent converts to the food movement pause. It’s worth recalling that sixties hippies were eating brown rice, bulgur and waxing poetic about the miraculous benefits …

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Blogging Archaeology: January

This post is the third question in the Blogging Archaeology Carnival hosted by Doug’s Archaeology. You can read a summary of questions from last month’s carnival on why we blog and learn more about this month’s question on his website. This month’s question is about our best and worst posts. Within blogging, best/worst can define a …

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More lies and bad analyses by Shareaholic are misleading the public

Earlier this week, Shareaholic published a report claiming that Reddit referral traffic is rapidly declining. Shortly thereafter, the report appeared on several respectable news outlets, including The Atlantic and Business Insider, chiming in and recommending that SEO experts start looking at web sites other than Reddit for referral traffic. Normally I’d ignore a report like …

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A few thoughts on being an ally

Alfred Thompson writes an awesome blog about CS education in K-12. You should read it, if you don’t already. Recently, he posted “Teachers and Role Models in CS Education.” I wanted to reply to the post with kudos for being an awesome ally and some thoughts about my own experiences on how impactful role models …

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Post-Mortal Embraces in Siberia

I’ve been thinking quite a bit about love recently- primarily because I recently became engaged, but also because I’ve been seeing increasingly more images of skeletons in an embrace. An recent article from the Siberian Times reported on the finding of hundreds of tombs from a Staryi Tartas village, in the Novosibirsk region of Russia. Within …

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Wes Jackson

I could go on for quite a while about Wes Jackson. Wes runs The Land Institute in Salina, KS. He has fathered and promoted a number of ideas for improving food and farming over his career. Take the “sunshine farm” as a for-instance. The driving idea is that a farm gets an energy boost from …

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