On a spring day in 2006, I woke up from surgery to learn that I had an aggressive type of breast cancer that would require...


I had hoped that it would be a bit of cheery news that dragged me out of retirement from this blog to subject you to...


To paraphrase the Car Talk guys, “Well, it’s happened again—you’ve wasted another perfectly good year reading frameshifts.” Although not as much as I have in...


If you’re a young geneticist who spends most of your life hanging around universities—as I still do—you’ll likely notice in your department the presence of...


Dear President-elect Trump, It's me again. I wrote you last week to say why you should make science a cornerstone of your administration. Don’t feel...


Dear Mr. Trump

November 11, 2016

Dear President-elect Trump, Congratulations on your victory. As a fellow president myself (albeit with a much smaller constituency), I can remember well those early post-election...


I’m a total sucker for new methods. I couldn’t wait to try out Trans-Helical Illumination (THI), in which low intensity lasers prime conversion of helical...


Something in common

October 17, 2016

According to a survey from the Pew Research Center, 33% of Americans believe that God created humans in their present form within the last 10,000...


I’m fond of saying that while scientists often have a hankering to draw sketches, pen novels, compose songs, or carry out other acts of artistic...


Not IF, we can help it

September 16, 2016

Perhaps no topic has had more ink spilled by biobloggers – especially if you include electrons dripping out of laptops – than the tyranny of...