Author: Bailey Peck

Statistically significant insults for the soul: p < 0.05

Statistically significant insults for the soul: p < 0.05

Author’s forward There are days in which a scientist finds herself needing to express her “mean genes.” When an experimental control fails, when Reviewer 3 sinks a paper, when someone drinks the last cup of communal coffee and fails to make more, the time has…

Nightmares always tell: Oral exam dreams

Graduate school preliminary exams are dreaded, anticipated, and for me, thankfully over. In the days before taking my second preliminary exam, my oral qualifying exam, I self-evaluated and determined that I was handling the stress of my impending exam exceptionally well. After all, graduate school…

The 2015 Ig Nobel Prize in Medicine: Kiss me for science!

This year’s Nobel Prizes in Medicine were awarded to William C. Campbell, Satoshi Ōmura, and Youyou Tu whose work to develop novel therapies for the treatment of globally devastating parasitic diseases such as River Blindness, Lymphatic Filariasis (Elephantiasis), and malaria. While this work was certainly…

Canis lupus familiaris gestation and postnatal development

Puppies are cute. We don’t often get to see them in utero, but now we can, thanks to this sweet radiograph courtesy of my mom, a Labradoodle breeder at Red Rock Doodles. Can you guess the number of puppies by counting the heads and tails?…

Science Fail Monday: Requiem for a Western Blot

Requiem for a Western Blot: A Haiku on Reversing the Positive and Negative Electrodes Two weeks to prepare It’s time to transfer this gel Data finally? Excitement building Put the wires on backwards Proteins all lost, $%!#   PEER EDITED BY Bailey Peck AND chris givens Follow…

Warm as a fish in the sea

No one can accuse the opah, Lampris guttatus, of being a cold fish. Nor could one call it a cold-hearted fish. Even if it were the most emotionally distant and bitter of all fish, the opah is in fact a warm fish. That is to…

Naturally GMO, the sweet potato way

Naturally GMO, the sweet potato way

Contrary to scientific consensus, the public at large continues to harbor concerns over the consumption of foods containing  Genetically Modified Organisms, or GMOs. To make matters worse, scientists have now discovered we have unknowingly been eating GMO foods for more than 10,000 years. Indeed, it…

Zombieism’s closely related cousin

Zombieism’s closely related cousin

Most people would presume the safest place to survive the imminent Zombie apocalypse would be in an underground bunker. This erroneous conclusion has led to the untimely death of a large number of soft-shelled clams – admittedly not by Zombieism itself, but its closely related…