Code for life

Towards tackling milk allergy

Grant Jacobs Jan 25, 2017

New Zealand agricultural scientists have learnt that the calves of a cow modified to have less allergenic milk also have less allergenic milk, raising hopes of developing a variety of cattle that those will one type of milk allergy can drink. Jamie Morton writing in the New Zealand Herald has the story, GE cow’s offspring show ‘super-milk’ potential. For those … Read More

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

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

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

Public talks on genetics and Antarctic science in New Zealand in March

Grant Jacobs Feb 25, 2016

Book yourself into one of these public talks about different aspects of genetics in March — or catch some Antarctic science and learn more about what people study down on the ice. Genetics at the New Zealand Festival Geneticist and science presenter, Adam Rutherford is appearing in the New Zealand Festival as part of their Writer’s Week in … Read More