Starting back over again. Welcome back.

It's been a while in deed. I had to take my time to fix things in a lot of sides of my scientific life, and to feel ready to get back to my blog activity. In a 4 years- long PhD project, the second year always takes a little crisis along. Nothing special, and nothing … Continue reading Starting back over again. Welcome back.

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Turn your smartphone in a microscope ocular.

If you're up for some Sunday biological geekerys, you might enjoy this video introducing the iDu Optics' LabCam microscope adapter, that will fit your iPhone into a microscope ocular to show the image on the screen. On my old blog ATCGeek, I wrote a couple of comments on the possible role smartphones might have in biological research, and … Continue reading Turn your smartphone in a microscope ocular.

The evolutionary level of human violence — Why Evolution Is True

  There’s a new paper in Nature about the level of intraspecific violence in humans and other species, written by José Maria Gómez et al. (free reference and download below). The question is how often members of single species kill each other in the wild, and whether humans are outliers. It’s already gotten a lot … Continue reading The evolutionary level of human violence — Why Evolution Is True

GMOs, flatmates and lateral gene transfer.

Right about one year ago, I was sharing a flat with some Spanish guys in the deep heart of Grácia, an historical neighbourhood in Barcelona. To be honest, those guys fitted quite well into the definition of "friki" - Spanish transliteration of the term "freaky" - that indicate that kind of people attracted by oriental … Continue reading GMOs, flatmates and lateral gene transfer.

Welcome to the bioinformatics blog you are not looking for.

When I created atcgeek.net, I was a master student in cell biology and bioinformatics looking for a PhD position or, to better say it, I was a 20-something-almost-30 random guy who was looking for his way in science. And in life. At the time, I was working on a computational genomics project for my thesis, … Continue reading Welcome to the bioinformatics blog you are not looking for.

Those viral Evolutionary Biology notes. A late confession.

Time for late confessions. This story dates back to the 2000s, and it is about free diffusion of knowledge, internet, evolution, an angry academic and a monster (I mean "another monster", distinct from the angry academic). It was the 2007, and I was hardly trying to find a way out from my bachelor degree. At the … Continue reading Those viral Evolutionary Biology notes. A late confession.

Choosing the right candidate. A lesson to be learned.

Being in science is basically a matter of applying for a position. As you graduate in your master, you swiftly approach your first "application round" for a PhD, and after your PhD, the endless post-doc route will take you into several cover letter writing, interviews and candidate selections. As an high level scientist commented to … Continue reading Choosing the right candidate. A lesson to be learned.