Today on "Express Yourself" Teen Radio - me - being interviewed about #Microbes & #OpenScience

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Just a little self-centered plug.  I was interviewed recently for Express Yourself! | VoiceAmerica™ teen radio show.  The teens interviewing me included Henna Hundal who worked in my lab this summer as an intern on our "Seagrass Microbiome" project. See a post from Cassie Ettinger about Henna's work.  Also see:Now watching our brilliant high school student Henna Hundal present about her summer project— Jonathan Eisen (@phylogenomics) July 31, 2014 It was a fun interview and I love the idea of teens doing a science radio show.   From their siteScience is everywhere.

Personalized Medicine World Conference 2015: 55 speakers 7 of which are women #YAMMM #StemWomen

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Well, umm, Ralph Snyderman, despite the email invitation I will not be attending PMWC 2015 Silicon Valley.  Why not?  Well how about the fact that you have 55 speakers listed, only 7 of which are women.

CoE #76 in a few days

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Next edition of CoE will be hosted on Eco-Evolutionary Dynamics. Submit your posts by email or on the Facebook page.

Half-duck, half-crocodile, and bigger than T. Rex: a giant semiaquatic predatory dinosaur

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A team led by University of Chicago Phenoscapers Nizar Ibrahim and Paul Sereno have published new findings about the remarkable semiaquatic predatory dinosaur Spinosaurus aegyptiacus in the latest issue of Science.  It has been receiving some nice coverage at NPR and other news outlets.

Workers at the National Geographic Museum in Washington grind the rough edges off a life-size replica of a spinosaurus skeleton.

#YAMMM Alert: Drug Discovery and Therapy World Congress, a meeting made for @realDonaldTrump & other men

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Elizabeth Bik sent me a link to this meeintg: DRUG DISCOVERY & THERAPY WORLD CONGRESS 2015 with a comment about the ratio of males to females in the keynote speakers.  And it is painful.  Of the plenary and keynote speakers, 15 are male and 1 is female.

Exploring the chameleon dataset: broken GBIF links and lack of georeferencing

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Following on from the discussion of the African chameleon data, I've started to explore Angelique Hjarding's data in more detail. The data is available from figshare (doi:10.6084/m9.figshare.1141858), so I've grabbed a copy and put it in github. Several things are immediately apparent.There is a lot of ungeoreferenced data.

Triclosan in toothpaste: potential risks are not a "rumor" as arrogant Colgate official argues, but are something to worry about

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Triclosan in my toothpaste (and maybe yours too)I was reading some posts of a friend and went down a bit of a rabbit hole that led me to a place that did not make me happy.First I saw a post about some issues with Crest Toothpastes containing polyethylene: Dentist calls Crest toothpaste dangerous; Now P&G changing ingredients.  This seemed a bit disturbing.

Story Behind the Paper: Comparative Analysis of Functional Metagenomic Annotation and the Mappability of Short Reads (by Rogan Carr and Elhanan Borenstein)

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Here is another post in my "Story Behind the Paper" series where I ask authors of open access papers to tell the story behind their paper.  This one comes from Rogan Carr and Elhanan Borenstein.  Note - this was crossposted at microBEnet.  If anyone out there has an open access paper for which you want to tell the story -- let me know.We’d like to first thank Jon for the opportunity to discuss our work in this forum. We recently published a study investigating direct functional annotation of short metagenomic reads that stemmed from protocol development for our lab.

GBIF Science Committee Report slides #gb21

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FullSizeRenderJust back from GB21, the GBIF Governing Board meeting (the first such meeting I've attended). It was in New Delhi, and this was also my first time in india, which is an amazing place.

Notes from 2007 for a blog post I should have written: How many microbial cells in humans?

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Well sometimes you just screw up.  In 2007 I attended some planning meetings for the human microbiome project (see for example A human microbiome program? a post I wrote from one of the meetings in 2007).  And at those meetings I kept asking one question.  Where did this "fact" everyone kept citing that there were "10 times as many microbial cells in the human body as there were human cells" come from?  I could not find a citation.  So I started taking some notes for a blog post about this.  Here are those notes:Wikipedia linkOnline textbook hereSears paper from Arizona site.

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