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Ten commandments for becoming a successful scientist

 :: Posted by American Biotechnologist on 07-25-2013

In previous posts we covered 8 metrics to define scientific success and a full length video of Darren Griffin’s ten commandments for becoming a successful scientist. In the post below, we’ve written out these comandments for those readers who may not have 54 minutes to spare watching the full talk.

  1. There is only one way to do good research: get on with it!
  2. When opportunity knocks, open the door
  3. Build a team of people that are better than you are
  4. It’s not about your knowledge. It’s about your imagination, ideas and talented friends
  5. Always bring something to the party when collaborating (don’t forget it’s “give and take”)
  6. It’s not the size of your gun-it’s when you shoot. Timing is everything.
  7. If the systen doesn’t work for you-change it, do something else, or don’t complain! Nobody likes a winer
  8. Don’t ask why. Ask why not. How can you improve? Don’t take no for an answer right away when your grant or paper is rejected. Every no is one step closer to a yes! Learn how to turn rejection into an opportunity.
  9. The journey is often far more rewarding than the destination.
  10. Be nice to people! What goes around comes around.

What are your thoughts about Griffin’s commandments?

High School Students Saving the California Redwoods

 :: Posted by American Biotechnologist on 05-14-2013

Ray Cinti
Convent of the Sacred
Heart High School

A conversation about South American frogs started Ray Cinti on the road to a new way of teaching high school biology. Cinti had always taken his students from Convent of the Sacred Heart High School in San Francisco to Muir Woods National Monument, north of the city, where they learned the basics of redwood ecology. However, he had recently been wondering if his students might conduct more meaningful research in this preserve. Then he happened to speak to a researcher at the University of San Francisco, and a light bulb lit up for him.

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Interpreting the Genome Through Ancient Protein Networks

 :: Posted by American Biotechnologist on 03-22-2013

System-wide networks of proteins are indispensable for organisms. Function and evolution of these networks are among the most fascinating research questions in biology. Bioinformatician Thomas Rattei, University of Vienna, and physicist Hernan Makse, City University New York (CUNY), have reconstructed ancestral protein networks. The results are of high interest not only for evolutionary research but also for the interpretation of genome sequence data. Recently, the researchers published their paper in the renowned journal PLOS ONE.

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An Ode to the Brain

 :: Posted by American Biotechnologist on 10-11-2012

In honor of the Society for Neuroscience’s 2012 meeting being held this coming week in New Orleans, we present you with an Ode to the Brain.

A virus a day keeps the pimples away

 :: Posted by American Biotechnologist on 09-25-2012

Scientists have isolated and studied the genomes of 11 viruses, known as phage, that can infect and kill the acne-causing bacterium Propionibacterium acnes, potentially paving the way for topical therapies that use viruses or viral products to treat this vexing skin condition. Their results are reported in the September 25 issue of mBio®, the online open-access journal of the American Society for Microbiology.

“There are two fairly obvious potential directions that could exploit this kind of research,” says Graham Hatfull of the University of Pittsburgh, an author of the study. “The first is the possibility of using the phages directly as a therapy for acne. The second is the opportunity to use phage-derived components for their activities.”

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