Evolution, transitions, and volvocine algae

Fierce Roller doesn’t live here anymore

Fierce Roller doesn’t live here anymore

Check out the new digs at http://freethoughtblogs.com/fierceroller/

Fierce Roller is moving!

Fierce Roller is moving!

I got word Sunday night that my application to join the blogging community at Freethought Blogs was approved, so starting today Fierce Roller will be located at http://freethoughtblogs.com/fierceroller/. I’m trying to figure out how to migrate previous posts to the new platform; meanwhile, this site isn’t going anywhere (it just won’t be updated).

Controlling contamination in Chlamydomonas cultures

Controlling contamination in Chlamydomonas cultures

A new paper in BioTechniques describes an improved antibiotic cocktail for controlling bacterial and fungal contamination of Chlamydomonas cultures. This is a problem that has cost our lab many hours, especially when using media that include acetate. Liang Wang and colleagues compared the effectiveness of three mixtures of antibiotics and fungicides in clearing contaminants: Pan et al. found […]

Registration open for ASM Experimental Evolution meeting

Registration open for ASM Experimental Evolution meeting

Registration and abstract submission are open for the 2nd ASM Conference on Experimental Microbial Evolution. The keynote address will be given by Richard Lenski, and plenary speakers include Shelley Copley, Michael Desai, Ivana Gudelj, and Bernhard Palsson.

Volvox meeting review online early

Volvox meeting review online early

Pretty much what the title says: the meeting review from Volvox 2015 is online early at Molecular Ecology. That only took six months! This is the final, published version. Thanks for a great meeting, and thanks to everyone who read earlier drafts!

On paywalls

On paywalls

I often blog about peer-reviewed articles, and some of those articles are behind a paywall. There’s a large and growing trend toward open access journals, which charge the authors a publication fee and make their articles available to everyone for free, but this is far from universal. A lot of the big, high-profile journals, such […]

Chlamydomonas, the band

Chlamydomonas, the band

I’ve mentioned “Chlamy Song” and “Sammy the Chlamy,” but I missed that there is (or was) a band called Chlamydomonas!

Volvox in Highlights Magazine

Volvox in Highlights Magazine

This is so cool! The March issue of Highlights Magazine (“Fun with a purpose”) includes a full page on Volvox. Highlights is aimed at kids 6-12 and publishes both print and digital editions: In every 40-page issue, kids explore new topics, investigate cool subjects and find out about the world. Highlights magazine for kids is filled with stories, […]

Chlamy postdoc at NASA Ames

Chlamy postdoc at NASA Ames

Oana Marcu — you might remember her from the First Volvox Meeting — is looking for a postdoc to do research on Chlamydomonas at NASA Ames Research Center: This position is for a postdoctoral fellow with experience in Chlamydomonas. The project is part of a larger DOE collaboration focused on approaches to improve biomass and lipid production in […]

Changing into my old genes: Betül Kaçar’s molecular...

Changing into my old genes: Betül Kaçar’s molecular paleontology

Betül Kaçar has posted another preprint to bioRxiv describing her work combining molecular paleontology with experimental evolution. I’ve written about Dr. Kaçar’s research, and the Discovery Institute’s bizarre interpretations, before, and I won’t be surprised if the cdesign proponentsists feel compelled to respond again. The new preprint describes experimental evolution in E. coli bacteria genetically engineered […]

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