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Archive: Code for life September 2009

Filing research papers and web browsing: Zotero, Zotfile and Vivaldi

Grant Jacobs Jan 18, 2017

Three free tools for filing research papers and browsing the web. If you’re in research—be it scientific work, writing a book, or similar—you’ll be spending a lot of time gathering material on-line and filing it. There are a lot of tools out there, and everyone has their favourites. Let me introduce three I use … Read More

Is GM corn really different to non-GM corn?

Grant Jacobs Dec 31, 2016

‘Substantially equivalent’ is the term used by regulatory bodies as part of confirming a GM crop is safe for consumption. Earlier work claims GM corn is ‘substantially equivalent’ to non-GM corn. Earlier this month a study was published in Scientific Reports claiming genetically modified corn is not substantially equivalent to non-GM corn, “Our molecular profiling results show that NK603 and its isogenic control … Read More

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Wollongong University—feeble excuses for not naming Wilyman anti-vax thesis examiners

Grant Jacobs Mar 14, 2016

Late last year Australia’s Wollongong University awarded a Ph.D. thesis for what could be described as a barely veiled anti-vaccine conspiracy. Wollongong University’s feeble excuse for not naming the examiners of Wilyman’s anti-vaccine thesis is laughable. Good for entertainment, though.* Ken McLeod alerted readers of Helen Petousis Harris’ blog that The Australian has reported that,** … Read More

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Sweet chromosomes

Grant Jacobs Mar 05, 2016

Sweet chromosomes to sweeten your weekend – Human karyotype in sweets by Rhiannon Morris ‏(twitter @RheeMor), shared with permission. Karyotype of person with Down Syndrome – note the extra chromosome 21 (See Footnote 1 for more). Karyotypes are the collection of chromosomes in our cells, laid out in order. They can … Read More

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