I added some more web logs to the Daily Dose page. I really need to get on the stick and re-design that page as more of a portal-style effort, with some search engine links and other nifty stuff. Maybe this weekend, while my latest draft is undergoing the tender mercies of my boss…

Eatonweb contains one of the web logs I added, but the front page also has a very pleasing design. Nice use of Javascript, and it’s nice to see black backgrounds done well.

Some meta-critique on the dangers of irony: Maybe we should make irony a controlled substance. Much like R-rated movies; people would have to display proof of irony-comprehension before viewing ironic content…

Some S. cerevisiae snoRNA database resources:
Small Nucleolar RNAs (snoRNAs) from the Yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae
snoRNAdb from the Eddy lab

For you non-molecular-biology/RNA geeks, small nucleolar RNAs (snoRNAs) are a class of small RNA molecules. Unlike the more common and better known messenger RNAs (mRNAs), snoRNAs aren’t translated into protein – they function as RNAs. The meme of small functional RNAs is still pretty young; look for the next five to ten years to be interesting, as complete eukaryotic genomes reveal more and more of these types of molecules.

Bioethics in the modern age

Gapped BLAST and PSI-BLAST: a new generation of protein database search programs: This is the paper describing the hot new search algorithms in sequence analysis. Kudos to Nucleic Acids Research for putting up a free version of this very important paper.

University of Arizona Fourth Annual Learning and Technology Showcase: Happening tomorrow, here in Tucson. Free registration, including a free lunch.

Also happening on the UA campus, today, is the Ursula Goodenough seminar on ‘The Molecular Evolution of Sex’ (scroll all the way to the bottom for room and place info). I should have comments tomorrow or Friday…

I really burnt myself out last week, reading a lot of information theory and biological sequence analysis stuff. Over the weekend, I recuperated by paging through some of my comic strip book collection. Damn, I’d forgotten just how good Bloom County and Outland were. Does anybody know what Berke Breathed is up to these days?