June 1, 2020

The Niche

Knoepfler lab stem cell blog

science contest

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Who doesn’t like a good science contest with prizes? There are so many beautiful pictures of cells including some that are stem cell-related out there in journals and on the web. We can find such images are in papers. Sometimes people post such great cell pics on the web too. In the past I’ve run various contests here on The Niche. Perhaps my favorite was a stem cell image contest that attracted some amazing entries (see composite included here). In that spirit, I’m again …Read More

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Want $250 as well as at least a sliver of science-related glory? Within my book GMO Sapiens on CRISPR and human genetic modification, I’ve hidden a scientific Easter egg. There’s more Easter egg info over here including the rules. If you are the first one to find and properly explain this egg to me after buying the book, you win $250. I had originally limited it to the print edition, but e-version purchase is fine too. So far no one has gotten the hidden egg right. To give people …Read More

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What’s your lab like? What do you work on? What are you most excited about? Is your lab hiring? What are your lab traditions? Superstitions? How messy/clean is your lab? You can see a picture of me in my lab below about 5-6 years ago…the usual busy semi-clutter of a lab. You can win $100 just by doing a video all about your lab! Make a short no more than 3 minute video of your lab (and by “lab” I mean any representation of …Read More

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Want $250 as well as at least a sliver of science-related glory? Within my new book GMO Sapiens on CRISPR and human genetic modification, I’ve hidden a scientific Easter egg. There’s more Easter egg info over here including the rules. If you are the first one to find and properly explain this egg to me after buying the book, you win $250. I had originally limited it to the print edition, but e-version purchase is fine too. So far no one has gotten the hidden egg …Read More

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Update: you can also enter our contest on Twitter using the hashtag #CRISPRback. Do you like contests, words, science, and cash? Enter our new contest. It’s a backronym contest for CRISPR. The author of the best backronym will win a $50 prize paid by me and fame of course as the winner. The judges will be WSJ columnist Ben Zimmer, Senior Editor at MIT Tech Review Antonio Regalado, and myself. A backronym is like an acronym, but flipped around in the sense that you choose words …Read More

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Science can come in various forms ranging from numbers to words to images, but it’s always more fun as a contest. In the stem cell field, some of the images can be particularly striking. One of my own favorites is the one above that I took some years ago of differentiation of neural stem cells that ended up on the cover of my first book. Do you have a favorite stem cell-related image? I’m doing a stem cell image contest. The winner receives a …Read More