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:: Posted by American Biotechnologist on 11-27-2014
The rumor is that consuming turkey makes you tired. The thought is that the amino acid L-tryptophan found in turkey is responsible for causing drowsiness. But is the rumor really justified? Will eating this traditional thanksgiving dish really put us to sleep?
Watch the Epic Science video below to find out the truth!
:: Posted by American Biotechnologist on 04-11-2012
Ever wonder how your PI comes up with his or her brilliant ideas? Perhaps they are very well read or blessed with fantastic intuition. Or, perhaps their ideas were inspired by a simple conversation they had with their father when they were 8 years old. Check out this video by MythBusters star Adam Savage to learn how some great ideas were conceived from some very unremarkable events.
:: Posted by American Biotechnologist on 01-26-2012
Anyone familiar with scientific advances in the last few years should be well acquainted with the Personal Genome Project (PGP) launched by Dr. George Church in this 2005 Nature editorial. For those of you who have been living in a secluded cave somewhere for the past 6 years, the Personal Genome Project hopes to enroll 100,000 participants from the general public who are willing to have their genomes sequenced and allow the results to be published in a massive database along with extensive information about their traits and medical history. It is hoped that the information provided will help scientists test hypotheses about the relationships among genes, traits, and environment.
Perhaps less well known is what it takes to become a volunteer for this project. In order to enroll as a volunteer, potential participants must take an entrance exam that tests basic genetics literacy, informed consent expertise, and knowledge about the rights and responsibilities of human research subjects. That’s right…you must take a test and score 100% in order to qualify for participation in the study!
We thought that it would be fun for readers of this blog, who should be more familiar with the above topics than the average PGP volunteer, to take the practice tests associated with the study guide to see how much they actually remember from their first year courses! The tests are multiple choice so that should help prevent total embarrassment, but my guess is that most of us would not score 100% without preparing in advance. I took the gene transmission test and scored 9/10. Not enough to qualify as a volunteer!
Try your hand a the tests below and let us know how well you performed. Good Luck!