Yesterday was the last lecture for my pilot genetics course, so now I can turn my attention (some of it, there's still the final) to research-related stuff.
Next week I'm giving two talks at the University of Louisville (Kentucky). One will be on competence (Do bacteria have sex?); I'll show my stop-motion animation of DNA uptake and work in the new results on recombination tracts and uptake specificity. The other is titled 'What I learned from #arseniclife: communication and quality control in science'. I've not formally talked about this before, so I still have to sort out what I did learn.
The post-doc's paper on recombination tracts has been provisionally accepted by PLoS Pathogens, and he's working on the revisions. One highlight was a reviewer who wrote "I wished for death" but nevertheless recognized the value of our meticulously detailed description of the control analyses.
Maybe if I go stand in front of my bench I'll be able to remember what I was working on before classes started...
2016 Nobel Prize predictions
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