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.


Thursday, January 05, 2006

Bartholomew Cubbins on RNA Episode 3: RNA Uses Contest!

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email me your ideas for strange, pathetic, idiotic, snippy, interesting, amazing, and unbelievable uses for RNA. Here's some inspiration (psst top link)
Submit text ideas, photoshopped images, real images, audio files and video files (a link if they're too big).  I just ask that we make it SFW.
I'll post them all and then we'll vote using a poll I'll post next week.

Submit early, submit often - like a manuscript.
The winner can chose a paper that I'll review as an episode.  Not that that's a reason to go for the gold or anything.

Monday, January 02, 2006

Bartholomew Cubbins on RNA Episode 2

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A detailed look at The speed of RNA transcription and metabolite binding kinetics operate an FMN riboswitch. Mol Cell. 2005 Apr 1;18(1):49-60.

Bartholomew Cubbins on RNA Episode 1

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A detailed look at The kinetics of ligand binding by an adenine-sensing riboswitch. Biochemistry. 2005 Oct 11;44(40):13404-14.

Introduction to Bartholomew Cubbins on Science

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Short intro about the topics I'll cover in detail: Autism, RNA, Immunology, and General Science.