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  • Chemoreception Via Dancing

    Posted 03/22/2011 by Nicole Garneau | Comments
    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 that…
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  • DNA Extraction: What happens to the stuff we scrape off your cheek?

    Posted 03/22/2011 by Nicole Garneau | Comments
    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 DNA …
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  • Hot Research Watch: Bitter Balm is Best

    Posted 03/22/2011 by Nicole Garneau | Comments
    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 rece…
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  • The X-Files of DNA Epigenetics

    Posted 03/22/2011 by Nicole Garneau | Comments
    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 could…
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  • John Lee: Supertaster

    Posted 03/22/2011 by Nicole Garneau | Comments
    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 On."…
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  • Genetics of Taste Goes National with PBS!

    Posted 03/22/2011 by Nicole Garneau | Comments
    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 quot…
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  • Antiquities in War and Peace

    Posted 03/16/2011 by Chip Colwell-Chanthaphonh | Comments
    In the midst of the Egyptian crisis several weeks ago came a startling and provocative article in the Wall Street Journal. Alex Joffe, an archaeologist and historian, argued that the attacks on the Egyptian Museum held a lesson for another controversial issue: the battle over Greece's Partheno…
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  • Micro Cave Monster Described: Zoology Object of the Week (March 21, 2011)

    Posted 03/14/2011 by John Demboski | Comments
    This odd looking critter is the type specimen for a newly described species of pseudoscorpion,  Cryptocreagris steinmanni. A type specimen is the "name holder" - the single specimen upon which a new species description is based. This arachnid is about 5 mm long and is named after Departme…
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  • PCR: Extraction, Amplify, Repeat

    Posted 03/11/2011 by Nicole Garneau | Comments
    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 small amou…
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  • Japan Earthquake

    Posted 03/11/2011 by Richard Busch | Comments
    Here is a link to the United States Geological Survey's Earthquake Hazards Program for anyone seeking more technical information, or maps of the 8.9 quake that rocked the eastern coast of Japan at about 10:46pm MST on March 10th 2011.  Japan Earthquake
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