Genomics Blog

February 22, 2015 10:07 AM
In support of the scientific method
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A couple of days ago, I was casually monitoring my Twitter stream. I was following the occasional link, but in general I felt that I was wasting time and that I had better close it down and get on with something productive. Then, like a bolt of lightning, I was struck by the following tweet:

A middle school teacher says he is going to drop the scientific method from science fair. What do you think?

I had two immediate thoughts: good luck to any of his students entering the regional science fairs I’m familiar with; and I’ve written several blogs on this topic in the past. I’ll link back to one of those to make my thoughts known.

And so I did.

To be fair though, I thought I had better take a closer look at what was bothering this middle school teacher.
February 10, 2015 8:10 AM
Why do we have a DNA Day?
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DNA Day will be celebrated in Canada this year on Tuesday, April 21. It is held every year around this time to celebrate Watson and Crick’s publishing of their model of DNA. But it is more than a celebration: it is an opportunity to interact with some of Canada’s foremost genomic scientists. It is your chance to ask questions, the answers to which will help you better understand modern genomics.
January 16, 2015 1:02 PM
Unnatural Selection: Why the Geeks Will Inherit the Earth – a review
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Are you an orchid or a dandelion? If you are a dandelion can you mutate to an orchid with the help of technology? Will you be a winner in the Anthropocene? Mark Roeder appropriates the definition first published in the journal Development and Psychopathology to distinguish between robust resilient children (dandelions) from sensitive children who require a special enriched childhood to develop to their full potential (orchids). He also distinguishes between neurotypical and non-neurotypical as descriptors of the social behavior of most people versus the wide range of those on the autism spectrum.
December 27, 2014 6:36 PM
Genomics 2014: A year on our blogs - Genome Alberta
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With 2014 coming to a close, I took a second look at our blog posts for the year and linked some of them in Prezi to illustrate the many science topics we explored. For me, the year began and ended with Gerry’s Gene Scene YouTube videos. In January, I shared my excitement over learning about the thousand dollar genome. At the end of the year I was participating in a blogging festival supported by Science Borealis. In between those two, a number of other videos were posted, including interviews with student winners of the Genome Alberta science fair awards. Science fair season in Alberta began for us in February and culminated with the Canada-Wide Science Fair in Windsor, Ontario. We included a five part series, ‘the diary of a delegate’ on our blog.
December 11, 2014 1:22 PM
Gerry's Gene Scene 20 – Science Communication from Greeks to Tweets.
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Science Borealis is having a science blogging carnival this month and that got me thinking. Recently, I saw a show about how Archimedes communicated a discovery by running through the streets shouting Eureka. In this video I ask how would he do it today.

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