Find $250 Easter egg in GMO Sapiens #CRISPR book: here’s a hint

egg crackingWant $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 a better chance, I’m giving a hint. The clue is: crack the Easter egg code.

Good luck.

This is largely a repost of last year’s Easter piece.

Lab tour video contest: $100 prize

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!

paul lab

Make a short no more than 3 minute video of your lab (and by “lab” I mean any representation of it you want: the space, the people, the view from the window, cool images, etc.) and send it to me or post it on Twitter with the hashtag #labvideocontest.

The most compelling video maker wins a $100 gift card from me….and maybe I’ll throw in a free stem cell t-shirt and signed copies of my books, but we’ll see.

Plus, just by entering you get some free PR for your lab if you post the video on Twitter and I may post honorable mention videos. If more than one video is great, I’ll likely give out additional prizes.

The video doesn’t have to be funny, but that can be a plus. Including cool images in the video can be a plus. Telling lab stories is fun. Singing? Dancing? Science as a performance art? Use your imagination.

Rules

Anyone can enter from any country.

Anyone shown in the video has to be OK with being in the video.

By submitting the video you are consenting to it potentially being posted on this blog.

Your lab doesn’t have to be doing stem cell research, but that’s not discouraged either.

The video should, of course, not contain any confidential information or images (e.g. unpublished stuff you don’t want seen) from your lab. Any level scientist can enter the contest from students to techs to PIs but non-PIs should ask their PI first.

The deadline for submission is March 15.

Hint for $250 Easter egg in GMO Sapiens #CRISPR book

egg crackingWant $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 right.

To give people a better chance, today in this post I’m giving a hint.

The clue is: crack the Easter egg code.

Good luck.

Enter Fun CRISPR Backronym Contest: $50 Prize

CRISPR backronym contestUpdate: 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 to fit the existing letters that together make up an existing acronym word. For more backronym background check out Ben’s recent excellent piece on CRISPR.

Wikipedia lists some funny examples including NASA’s COLBERT treadmill and Arby’s creating “Amerca’s Roast Beef, Yes Sir!” after it already had the name Arby’s, chosen for some other reason.

CRISPR is already an acronym for Clustered Regularly Interspaced Short Palindromic Repeats.

But that’s a mouthful, not very fun and tough to try to remember.

So what if CRISPR didn’t really stand for those complicated words “Clustered…etc etc”? What if each word of CRISPR was memorable and together they made some interested meaning?

In that spirit, make a backronym for CRISPR by choosing clever new words for C, R, I, S, P, and R.

For instance, as a backronym CRISPR could stand for one of these:

  • Creative Reinterpretations In Scientific Public Relations
  • Can Researchers Initiate Sane Patent Rules

Update: Or it could be something more scientific.

Fire away by sending your CRISPR backronyms to me at knoepfler@ucdavis.edu or leaving them here on this blog post as a comment. The backronym entries must be original and not offensive.

The deadline is a week from today on February 16th at midnight pacific time.

Stem cell image contest: $100 prize

Knoepfler Stem Cell Insiders BookScience can come in various forms ranging from numbers to words to images.

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 $100 prize and their image will be posted here along with a blurb on their research.

If more than one entry is particularly amazing, I may give out more than one prize.

The rules are straightforward. Anyone can enter whether you are in academia or industry.

Email me your favorite stem cell-related image (knoepflerATucdavisDOTedu). The image must be your own. Team entries are allowed.

By entering the contest you agree that the image may be posted on this stem cell blog.

The deadline is September 30th at midnight USA PDT.