Casey McDonald

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August 25, 2011
by Casey McDonald
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Sequencing the world’s microbes

Here’s a  full feature article about researchers scouring the planet and the colon to sequence undiscovered single celled organisms. I got to talk to a Roger Lasken, a giant @ the Craig Venter Institute, as well as Jan-Fang Chang at the Department of Energy and  Yuichi Hongoh at the Tokyo Institute of Technology.

  • I always love this TED talk from Bonnie Bassler, around 1:50–depending on how you look at things, our human bodies are actually 90-99% bacteria. And since we’ve never been able to culture the vast majority of bacteria in/on our bodies, we know very little about these critters. Same goes for single cell organisms in virtually ever nook and cranny on the planet.

August 22, 2011
by Casey McDonald
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Sequencing Taz

semi-feature: I interviewed the CEO of Ion Torrent about their new Personal Genome Machine. Just like supercomputers led to PC’s, they hope that huge sequencers will be desktop items soon. Then we talked to a researcher who used the technology looking at Tasmanian Devils.