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Archive for November, 2009

Biologists rally to sequence ‘neglected’ microbes

Wednesday, November 18th, 2009

From Nature.com: The GenBank sequence database, the central repository of all publicly available DNA sequences, counted its thousandth complete microbial genome this month. But a thousand genomes is only a small fraction of the diversity that exists in the microscopic world. Now, scientists want to fill in the gaps. “The broad brush strokes of microbial […]

Accidental OSU discovery produces new blue pigment

Monday, November 16th, 2009

From today’s Gazette Times: “Basically, this was an accidental discovery,” said Mas Subramanian, the Milton Harris Professor of Materials Science in the OSU Department of Chemistry. “We were exploring manganese oxides for some interesting electronic properties they have, something that can be both ferroelectric and ferromagnetic at the same time. Our work had nothing to […]