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Journal Club

Hi folks, 

Journal Clubs, where technical and scientific papers are read and discussed, have a long tradition in science, going back to the 1800's. In this club, we'll read about three papers every two weeks or so, depending on how much interest there is. Each time one paper will be a non-technical article for people who are new to the field and the other two will be current research. Reading scientific papers is the only way to keep up with developments in the field and reading them together, we can discuss whether the research methods were sound, if the research is something we could replicate in a DIY lab, and what impact the research might have on future experiments. 
I'll try to post as many papers as I can, some will be harder to get to because of paywall issues. If you have any papers you'd like to share, or have any topics you'd like to explore, let me know and I'll put them on the list. 
For our next event we'll be reviewing the following papers: 

Chorella reduces cholesterol levels 

A paper on reducing cholesterol levels by eating Chorella algae supplements. Biofuels are important, but nutritional supplements made from algae are where the money is at the moment and it's important to know why people think eating algae is good for them.

New letters for life’s alphabet 

If you haven't heard, new nucleotides have been created artificially that go beyond the ATCGU base pairs we're familiar with. Unfortunately the paper itself is behind a paywall, so if anyone can bring a copy to the club to discuss, that would be great. 

Here is  an article on the paper in Synthetic Biology News

Here is the paper itself in Nature (paywall)

Rainbow colored Algae 

Using fluorescent proteins make things glow is useful tool in identifying proteins and structures of interest used throughout biotech. Stephen Mayfield's group at UCSD describe creating algae tagged with fluorescent proteins in this paper. Is this something we could try to replicate in the Wet Lab? The paper is available in our google groups Articles and journals section

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  • Terry

    I read the Sunday NY Times at the Uptown Starbucks (in Hillcrest) with Christopher and some other friends every Sunday 7;00 AM - 8:00 AM. I would gladly stay a little longer to discuss journal articles then if anyone else is available on Sunday Mornings around 8:00 AM

    1 · July 16, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Hi Terry, I talked with Alain and we both think that Sunday mornings in Hillcrest would work better for us than Monday nights at Ansir. Still interested in meeting on Sundays around 8am?

      July 21, 2014

    • Terry

      Katherine, sorry I didn't see your post until just now. Yes! I was there this morning (although the humidity is brutal!). Maybe we can plan to meet on the 10th?

      1 · August 3, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Good conversation, a good start to the club

    July 21, 2014

  • Ed F.

    Good conversation tonight. Glad I came!

    July 21, 2014

  • Alain D.


    July 21, 2014

  • Christian D.

    Unfortunately I can't make it tonight, have another exam tomorrow I need to review for tonight. I'll try to make it next time.

    July 21, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    A Skype or G-hangout at the next Journal club meeting is a fantastic idea. I'll make sure it happens.

    July 21, 2014

  • Julio de Unamuno I.

    Would be great to Skype or G-hangout into the Journal meetings in the future. See everyone at the next General mtg.

    July 20, 2014

  • Alain Domissy changed the date and time from Tuesday, July 15, 2014 at 7:00 PM to Monday, July 21, 2014 at 6:30 PM

    July 14, 2014

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