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  • March 31, 2011 -Our ability to understand the Universe has been enhanced immensely by technology that allows us to detect electromagnetic radiation at wavelengths far beyond what our eyes can sense.  For instance when we look out into the night sky and behold the Milky Way, we are seeing …
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  • Chelsea writes: I am interested in learning about your career as a Ph.D. working in a museum and how one goes about preparing themselves for that kind of career path. While I enjoy research, I am more interested in a career that involves education and public engagement in the sciences. Rece…
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  • Bed bugs (Cimex lectularius Linnaeus, 1758) are a growing problem in Denver and many other cities in the United States. Bed bugs do not transmit diseases but suck blood from people and, once established, multiply rapidly. This sample was collected in October 2010 in a Denver apartment. The …
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  • Now that you're educated on how we get DNA out of cheek cells we collect from visitor samples (Don't know? Find out here), I'm going to tell you about a process called polymerase chain reaction (PCR). This technique is how scientists make lots… in fact trillions of copies of DNA from the smal…
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  • What a great year it has been for us in the Genetics of Taste lab, and it seems others are taking notice. I returned to the office to find a wonderful present from Rebecca Jacobson, a science and technology reporter for PBS- an article about our study, the citizen scientists involved, and cool…
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  • Our department head, Dr. Nicole Garneau, who I found out loves They Might Be Giants (last saw them play at Rutgers when she was an undergrad), was stoked when I found the following song. To learn more about supertasters, check out my earlier blog post "Devin the Supertaster: Let Me get My Cape…
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  • I decided, as a sophomore in high school (see image below), to go into genetics because it was fascinating, it had to do with humans, and it was NEW. The last point being the most important- it was new and not well understood, which meant adults didn't actually know everything and therefore I …
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  • The best science is that which we do not expect, and the best communication of science comes when the public is involved. So this post is dedicated to the Blue Tongue Blog's dedicated readers. I am so pleased that you have all shared your interest with me about the latest study in bitter taste…
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  • It's been really busy in Lab Central! Staff and volunteers have been enrolling curious and science-hungry visitors in Genetics of Taste: A Flavor For Health like crazy! As of today, we've enrolled 931of participants in our research study and counting! That means we have 931of samples that need…
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  • As a lab that studies one form of chemoreception (aka taste), I could not resist sharing this dance video about the other form of chemoreception -- olfaction (aka smell). This is evidence that the nitty-gritty details of our scientific world can be communicated in a variety of interesting ways…
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