Genetic engineers and genomics researchers should welcome the news from the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) where an international team of scientists has discovered a new and possibly more effective means of editing genomes. This discovery holds potentially big implications for advanced biofuels and therapeutic drugs, as genetically modified microorganisms, such as bacteria and fungi, are expected to play a key role in the green chemistry production of these and other valuable chemical products.
Archive for the ‘cool tools’ Category
PubMed is probably the most important database used by scientists across the globe. Most researchers will routinely do a PubMed search to look for relevant literature on a monthly, if not weekly, basis. But how many of us really know how to use PubMed to its fullest extent? How much more efficient would our literature searches be if we just knew how to make the most out of PubMed? Luckily, NCBI, has put together a YouTube channel with detailed explanations on how to use many of their advanced products. Here is a video demonstrating how to use the PubMed Advanced Search Builder. Be sure to checkout the NCBI YouTube page for more great videos.
Taking the “color by number” concept to a whole new level!
Following up on yesterday’s post “New Layer of Genetic Information Discovered,” here is a talk by Professor Jonathan Weissman on applications of the ribosome profiling approach. The talk covers:
- Development of ribosome profiling protocols for a wide variety of eukaryotic and prokaryotic organisms.
- Uses of ribosome profiling to globally monitor when chaperones, targeting factors or processing enzymes engage nascent chains.
- Deciphering the driving force and biological consequences underlying the choice of synonymous codons.
Are you a stumbler? While I don’t spend oodles of time bouncing through StumbleUpon, every once in a while I come across a gem that I just need to share. The Human Brain, is a collection of the most amazing images of, wait…you guessed it…the brain, that you have ever seen. It includes detailed views of every angle, with the ability to zoom in and out and add clear labels if desired. It also included histological sections which can be zoomed in right down to the cellular level.
I urge you, if you want to experience jaw-dropping images, to visit the human brain website.