Monday, November 13, 2006

Frosted mini RNA, a cure for Autism: BC on Autism Ep 22

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Two different short bits dealing with RNA and autism.  One funny and tasty, the other dealing with an ill-informed (euphemism) money hound.  In part 2, the individual actually uses the recent awarding of the Nobel Prize for the discovery of RNAi to help drum up some dollars for the Drinkee Drinkee Cure Autism RNA lady.

Runtime is 10 minutes. 

Saturday, October 28, 2006

BC on Autism 18: Gettin' the RNA Out (of yeast)

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Q: Why would anyone want to get the RNA out of yeast so they can ingest it?

A: I don't know, but I know it won't cure Autism.

Here's how to do it...

Sunday, September 24, 2006

BC on Autism Episode 16 Part A: Deeper into the RNA Quagmire

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I simply had to go to the source of information about RNA drops curing autism and boy, oh boy.  A feller could have an entire blogging career taking these sales pamphlets / presentations / mockery of science apart, piece by piece.

 btw, no one laughed at the injesting/ingesting/in-jesting game.  Come on and give me some affirmation love.

running time: 9m 30sec

Wednesday, September 13, 2006

BC on Autism Episode 15: RNA Quackery: Shaken, Not Stirred

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Why the blazes would you ever want to put a mole of nucleotides or oligonucleotides into your mouth? Very simple: because you've been told it'll cure autism, that's why. It'll also cure heavy wallet syndrome, and who really wants a big old lump in your back pocket making the derrier look all lopsided and such? Just a quick look at pH and RNase-induced transesterification. Remember, you have a filthy mouth, whether you swear like Cartman or not.

For the RNAphiles, I'm not even getting into depurination or anything. Just the basics.

Sunday, February 12, 2006

Bartholomew Cubbins on RNA Episode 8: Current Papers - RNA Binding Sites, P-Bodies, and Retrotransposons

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A rough look at the following papers:
Virus-like particles of the Ty3 retrotransposon assemble in association with P-body components.
Intronic Binding Sites for hnRNP A/B and hnRNP F/H Proteins Stimulate Pre-mRNA Splicing.

Kudos to PLoS and the Open Access option that allows the public real-time access of this great science.

Wednesday, February 01, 2006

Bartholomew Cubbins on RNA Episode 7: What Not To Do During a Group Meeting (mov)

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A great example of what not to do during your group meeting presentation.

Here we have exhibit A, the last slide of graduate student Y's great data-heavy presentation. And then the fun started. Why, oh why, did he chose to do this. And more importantly, why didn't he run it by me before doing it? Oh, who am I kidding, I would have encouraged it. meh.

For a small file, check out:

or if you like google:

Tuesday, January 24, 2006

Bartholomew Cubbins on RNA Episode 6: Famous RNA Investigator Fun (mov)

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A quick and fun survey of online pictures of RNA lab heads. Running title: shiny-faced people.

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Friday, January 13, 2006

And now for the RNA Products Poll

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What is your favorite RNA product (loosely defined)?

RNA toothpaste?  
RNA drops?  
RNA supplements?  
RNA shampoo?  
RNA deoderant?  
Bottled blood from the wound your PI gives you during group meeting?  

Thursday, January 12, 2006

A Worst PI Poll. Vote and Comment. I'll get the results sometime next week!

What is the worst PI/lab head situation to find yourself?
The overly amorous PI.
The buddy PI.
The married-to-the-lab manager / superpostdoc PI.
The screaming / cussing PI.
The passive-aggressive PI.
The meek PI.
The idiot PI.
The big-talker PI.

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Bartholomew Cubbins on RNA Episode 5: Three current RNA papers

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A quick and dirty review of three current RNA papers:
1. 14mer RNA aptamer targeting FMN.
2. Gene regulation through nuclear retention.
3. Ligand requirements of the glmS ribozyme.



Sunday, January 08, 2006

From the RNA Products Competition. Here are the entries to date:

This first is a historical picture pulled from a toothpaste museum. Amazing.

This wrinkle cream will surely keep the RNases on the skin happy.

Who says science stinks?

All links are safe for work, scary, funny, pathetic and hell, they're everything I could have asked from the contributors. Links are from the contributors and the comments are mine.

From Iceman Dennis Bergkamp:

RNA for... Everything!
Yeah! I was right, RNA is my savior! PS - the oral RNA drops, anyone guessing that all the phenol got out of the extraction (it's likely a total RNA extract from our favorite fungus - no flames from muchroom hunters if you please). Tsk tsk, wes gots to use diethyl ether to gets all the phenol out, precious. Mmmmm, tasty!

You want someone to really make you feel smart? Check out the

Skin Cream
This one is actually scary (scroll to eye care).

Here's some related ones I liked:
An explanation of RNA.

You'd better squeeze a bit of that 95% EtOH into your caffeine intake device before viewing this one. What was the IT person thinking when making this page? I mean, they took some time here, they must have thought about the science, right? RIGHT?

From tallvolleyballscientist:

C&E News cover
I'm loving the nice linear mRNA strand that's being read by the um, not-quite-to-scale polyribosomes. What's up with the straddle-the-watering-can technique? Kind of, um... yeah.

Creationist Fun
A great pinata swing (close your eyes and swing as hard as you can) at the RNA World hypothesis. Bonus points would have been made if the authors of the site had drawn some people sitting on a saddle atop one of those dinosaurs Flintstones-style. One can imagine Cain saying, "Whoah! Easy Bronto-Besse! Just clamp your chompers down on this bit and Uncle Cainy will give you a nice lump of sugar." Caveat: there are solid criticisms of any theory and the RNA World hypothesis is a hypothesis. But it's one with a hell of a lot of data to support it.

Anti-aging RNA
RNA as a lifetime extender. This is great. Look, Ma, no telomerase! Check out Dr. Ben Frank, is he related to Dr. Benjamin Dover?

Oh, and here's some more I dug up:

There some RNA-ishness to this art:
RNA drawings

RNA lotion(gotta scroll down), this stuff's marked down too!

RNA Eye Cream with Sodium PCA
But no PCI, right?!

Keep 'em coming and I'll set up the poll this coming week.


Saturday, January 07, 2006

Bartholomew Cubbins on RNA Episode 4: How to Join an RNA Lab?

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How does a young person decide where to go to school if they're already hooked on RNA?

Take a look at how someone might use the internet to find an RNA lab if they're not privy to journal clubs, society meetings and the input of postdocs and PIs. We stumble on one of the best labs in the business of crystallizing RNA. Enjoy.