The most exciting phrase to hear in science, the one that heralds new discoveries, is not 'Eureka!' but 'That's funny...' --Isaac Asimov
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G+C content amelioration of horizontally transferred genes

January 9th, 2013 2 Comments

I’m currently working on a paper about how bacteria survive in extreme low temperature and salty environments. One thing that bacteria do when faced with these stresses is to produce protective chemicals called compatible solutes. Some microbes not only produce these chemicals but can also break them down for food and energy. Right now i’m […]

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Pavilion Lake and the Cariboo Plateau

July 12th, 2010 1 Comment

Salt and carbonate precipitates line the shores of “Deer” Lake, which is spotted with islands of microbial mats. We’re up at 7, skipping breakfast and congregating down at the dock to find our rubber boots and tie the canoe onto the roof of our rented SUV. Over an hour of mental exertion later (remembering forgotten […]

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How I would teach evolution

September 11th, 2008 No Comments

I haven’t been placed in the situation yet, or rather I haven’t placed myself in the situation yet, but as I continue to read articles about the conflict between science and religion on the teaching of evolution, some patterns seem to emerge. I’d like to find solutions to these pitfalls for the day that I […]

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