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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Genome Sequencing of 3 Sulfate Reducing Bacteria

July 1st, 2012 No Comments

Good (if somewhat old) news: my JGI Quarterly Community Sequencing Project proposal with Boz Wing was successful, so we will be getting complete genome sequences, plus transcriptomes, for 3 members of the Order Desulfobacterales that exhibit exceptionally large sulfur isotope fractionation effects (ε). Desulfobacula phenolica (ε = 37) Desulfospira joergensenii (ε = 26) Desulfotignum balticum […]

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Guest Lectures

March 23rd, 2012 No Comments

I recently gave guest lectures in Jon Stone’s “Life in the Universe” course (2LU3) and in Paul Higgs’ “Genomes and Evolution” course (4Y03) at McMaster. For “Life in the Universe” I gave a general overview of the prospects for finding life on Earth and elsewhere in the universe. For “Genomes and Evolution” I talked about […]

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