Americans eat tens of millions of turkeys each year on Thanksgiving, but what the heck is a turkey really? It’s a heckuva of strange bird, isn’t it? They are so big my 110-lb dog Mica won’t go after them. Also, this year during the pandemic we may be eating a lot less turkey collectively so I wonder what will happen to all those especially large turkeys out on farms? Live another year? Here in Davis, CA we have a huge population of wild ones …Read More
Some scientists, even on Halloween, might be relatively immune to the fear of things that nonetheless freak out many everyday normal people. Brains, powerful lasers, antibiotic resistant genetically-modified bacteria, potent viruses, radioactivity. The list goes on and on. Mutant cells and animals. DNA containing cancer-causing genes. So as Halloween approaches, what does scare the heck out of scientists? Here is my list of the top scariest Halloween costumes to freak the lab coats off of scientists. If you are a scientist you might want to …Read More
Today I’m posting about pet peeves in the science lab. This is an update to and expansion of a post from many years ago. Who doesn’t have some lab pet peeves? And, yeah, we are all probably guilty at one time or another of driving other people a bit nuts with our own idiosyncrasies that are their pet peeves. This post is another in my “Elephant in the Lab” series about difficult, but important science topics. We need to discuss these, but they are often uncomfortable so …Read More
Time for some science humor. For past attempts at humor on this blog see here. Today, I’m asking: if science was more like sports such as football, soccer, basketball, etc., what penalties and fouls would us scientists get? Here is a humorous look at the things we mess up in small or mondo ways as we do our science, and how we would be penalized in a humor alternate universe. In some cases, I also have included my own reactions and indicated whether I’m …Read More
Flying out of Portland Airport yesterday, I saw these magazines side by side: Trump and genetic modification of humans. Hmmm. That’s a humorous juxtaposition and the two covers are oddly similar in design. It go me thinking… Could using germline human genetic modification be a wise thing to do in some cases? After all, humanity in many ways has serious flaws. Could we try to make Homo sapiens a better species via, for instance, CRISPR’ing embryos for “better” traits and removing possibly negative traits? …Read More
My daughter saw this in a parking lot. Wish it was my license plate.
What’s on your mind on this Monday morning and are you caffeinated enough yet? Depending on where you live it may even be time for dinner, bed, or already early Tuesday. Here are some Monday musings… To get safe and effective stem cell treatments to patients in a responsible, compliant manner you need commercial efforts and that in almost all cases means biotechs. Doing this blog for 5+ years has made it really sink in just how crucial the commercial side is to all …Read More
The day after Easter and thoughts might turn to all those chocolate bunnies, eggs, etc…..leading to a question: is death by chocolate possible? What is the amount of chocolate you or I would have to eat in order to die? Could we even get close on a holiday like Halloween or Easter? It seems like many people eat a lot of chocolate (pic from DailyMail of largest chocolate bar). Of course we all know that certain animals like dogs and cats are much more …Read More
The idiom “you’ve got rocks in your head” means that you are stupid. What if I told you that you really do have rocks in your head and so do I. In fact we all have rocks in our head. Really. You’ve probably heard of or even had kidneystones or gallstones, but rocks in our head? One of the benefits of teaching histology in medical school is that you learn all sorts of interesting things including about rocks in our heads. Ear rocks in …Read More
Enjoy my stem cell humor in the stem cell family Christmas letter below. I can’t believe it’s been 7 years since I wrote that and my book: Stem Cell An Insider’s Guide.