Tag: biochemistry

Keep Calm and Carry a Pipetteman. Molecular Biology Workshop Game On! Please RT

As usual, my lab will be hosting a professional workshop for those in need of a molecular biology updating; or for those who are new to the area and need a quick (and intensive) course on the subject. The 5 days do include both hands on and lecture style elements, and it’s also an excuse to come to beautiful Vancouver.

Also, don’t forget that all revenue from this workshop goes towards our public science outreach programs (like our fieldtrips, science writing, phylomon, etc – see bioteach.ubc.ca).

I’d thought I’d include the notice in my blog, because I had a bit of graphic design fun with our poster. Maybe this is even geeky enough to consider turning into a tshirt?

Anyway, if you’re a scientist (or not – we’ve had some lawyers and an economist attend before), and you need some highly recommended molecular biology training, please do follow the link at the bottom, and maybe I’ll see you in July!

(Click here to download pdf poster)

To inquire about registration, please contact Dr. David Ng at db@interchange.ubc.ca

Dates: July 23rd to July 27th, 2012 (5 days: Monday to Friday)
Price: CAN$1400 (does not include room or board)

Reviews and Testimonies can be found here.


DESCRIPTION: Updated for 2012: This intense 5 day workshop will focus on a myriad of different techniques used in the molecular manipulation of DNA (general cloning, transformation, silica kits, pI kits, PCR, qPCR), RNA (isolation, reverse transcription) and protein (SDS-PAGE, 2D gels), as well as inclusion of exercises in some basic bioinformatics tools. Primarily aimed at researchers who are new to the area, familiar but require a quick updating, or would like more practical bench training.

For full details, please see here.

Your amino acid pun for the day: The cysteine chapel. #awesome

Via somuchpun.com.

It’s true: aerobic organisms make delicious pizzas.

If I ever have to make a slide about aerobic organisms, or about respiration, I am SO using this image!

By Michael Kupperman, via Hey Oscar Wilde!

Photosynthesis: The Graphic Novel…

If that’s not cool enough, check out this page from the comic, which highlights the Calvin Cycle!

Anyway, read the whole wonderful thing here.

By Jay Hosler.

Using 3D protein structures as inspiration for art and doodles. #verycool

This is so amazingly geeky! The below graphic is the crystal structure for Alzheimer’s disease related Amyloid Precursor Protein.

The image gained by means of X-ray diffraction contains eight chains of the APP copper binding domain. Four chains are used for the elephant picture.

Via its copper binding domain Amyloid Precursor Protein (APP) can modulate copper transport. Cu-binding presumably leads to a reduction of Aβ levels which is a key player in the onset of Alzheimer’s disease. Therefore copper could have therapeutic effects on Alzheimer’s patients.

More by Maja Klevanski.

Serotonin and Dopamine: Technically the only two things you enjoy (the t-shirt)

For the neuroscientist.

From Toothpaste for Dinner.

Why I majored in Biology: The Pie Chart.

Via sugarglue.tumblr.com

The molecular art of David S. Goodsell


“Since the early 1990’s, I have been working with a type of illustration that shows portions of living cells magnified so that you can see individual molecules. I try to make these illustrations as accurate as possible, using information from atomic structure analysis, electron microscopy, and biochemical analysis to get the proper number of molecules, in the proper place, and with the proper size and shape.”

There’s lots more to see at http://mgl.scripps.edu/people/goodsell/illustration/cell.

It’s finally happened. RNA kits sexualized.

A little bizarre really. It will be interesting to see how folks react to this: there’s already an amusing comment thread on reddit.

Via Fresh Photons.

Krebs cycle and other bicycles not allowed on railings.

Via tumblr, biology tag but found all over the place. i.e. can’t find original source.

Breakfast of Champions does Replication


To begin with, we’ll start with a chicken scratch drawing of a DNA molecule, which you know is double stranded. My poor pathetic attempt at illustration is therefore going to look like this:

You also know that each strand of DNA is composed of building blocks called nucleotides, and that these nucleotides are always interacting in a complementary manner. For example, A’s are always with T’s, C’s are always with G’s, Beavis is always with Butthead, etc etc etc. Let’s draw them in like so:

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