One of the main disappointments of working in industry is that suddenly it’s “not good for the client” to solve a problem by having a strain route all its carbon into putrescine production. Does anyone go into biology thinking it’s going to smell good?

Hypothetical: If you were to set Alex Houser up with a coworker, where would you send them?

Best scientific fish name?

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boops_bo

For the record, it was D) Bid for old gear on eBay. Tom Knight seems to have three roles here: lead tours of suits around lab, chitchat about interesting ideas, and order science junk on eBay (the last is probably his favorite)

Polls are fun! What did I ask "The Godfather of Synthetic Biology" to do for me yesterday?

On the subject of urine, I recently got involved with a project on the treatment of MSUD, or maple syrup urine disease. Sounds hilarious but it's actually quite nasty
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maple_sy

"The drastic dark purple color of the urine on day 1, taken immediately after the antidote was given, is clearly of note."

-How to write the conclusion sentence of an abstract when you have no conclusions to summarize

Titles like this one are why I keep my google scholar alerts for vitamin b12 (it’s an old article, but was referenced in a newer article)
ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/m/pubmed/2211

What is a good wedding present for a couple that likes to canoe, yet is not as expensive as a canoe, a paddle or a portage pack?

Poll: What's your favorite way to make polls?

@matt spotify has been playing a lot of moon hooch for me recently, which you recommended to me in 2017. Please let me know what your recommendations for 2016 and 2015 would have been so I can see if our musical tastes are undergoing convergent evolution

Also, this is a pretty good video if you're into dunking on Newton (although he gets some sick burns in too) youtu.be/8yis7GzlXNM

@matt that is a reasonable point. I really should read up more on the history of chemistry in the enlightenment era (and before), I feel like progress was very non-linear, and it wasn't until we had guys like Lavoiser and Pasteur that it could be considered a science. It's still remarkable to me that Newton spent half his life on alchemy and was probably pretty terrible at it/gave himself mercury poisoning

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@matt I assume "old man puddin'" is a village eccentric who sneaks into your house, dumps out your christmas stocking, and fills it with onion gravy?

A little late, but this was shared at work. @matt please confirm its veracity

Hello! Is it is required, or just strongly recommended, that we set renaissance paintings as our profile themes?

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