Fierer Lab

Exploring the structure and function of microbial communities

Proposals and the preservation of sanity

By: Noah Fierer I write a lot of proposals – or at least it feels like I write a lot of proposals. As soon as one proposal is out the door, there is another one to write – a neverending cycle of panhandling. This is true for most scientists – we spend huge amounts of

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Expected Errors

#A poem for any biologist who has ventured into the world of scripting. By: Anne A. Madden >>>file = open(“Expected_Errors.txt”, ‘r’) >>>print May I be so BOLD as to take a minute and discuss my current plight? In my new job as a bioinformaticist, I can’t seem to get any code right.   Though I search for PERLs

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Lara Croft, Room Raider

Adventures in exploring the great indoors By Anne A. Madden Some little girls dream of one day having a baby, or at least getting a puppy, and naming it. When I was young, I dreamed of naming things too, but I envisioned these things as new elements, planets, and species rather than swaddled children. I

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Pet Peeves

By: Noah Fierer Papers using 16S rRNA gene sequencing to characterize bacterial communities are now a dime a dozen. Every day a new ‘microbiome’ is described using these methods and microbiologists like to view themselves as Indiana Jones hacking through the jungle of microbial diversity wielding sequencers for machetes. Many of these papers are quite

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Great hair breeds great science

We, the Fierer lab, congratulate Dr. Anne Madden on her latest (and probably the most important) award: The Luxuriant Flowing Hair Club for Scientists™ Woman of the Year 2015! This is an incredible achievement, and we know Dr. Madden has worked very hard to realize this level of recognition. For more information, please visit this

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