Getting to work

July 31, 2018

Turning vision into reality takes work—that much is obvious. But anyone who has written a proposal of any sort will realize that a coherent vision...


As scientists, we do a lot of talking. Whether presenting at conferences, engaging during meetings, or discussing the latest results with lab members—there is a...


GSA President Jeannie Lee invites your input. Like everything right now, science is changing fast. It seems like every time I look up from my...


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...