My cod’s compiling

My wife is a researcher at the Centre for Ecological and Evolutionary Synthesis. She is currently involved in a project to sequence and annotate the Gadus morhua genome. In case you didn’t know, sequencing a genome requires breaking it into tiny little bits, sequencing the little bits, and assembling the results into a complete genome. This takes time. Lots of time. On Wednesday, K and I were both wearing the same T-shirt, and one of K’s cow-orkers made the obvious pun. I just couldn’t resist running with it:

The original is here.

Why Scientists Shun the Media

I picked this up from Ben Goldacre’s Bad Science blog:

Coffee gives your children cancer, doctors didn’t say today after not carrying out exhaustive research into the link that doesn’t exist between caffeine and babies.

Read the full article; it’s a deliciously spot-on parody of mass media’s approach to science. Unfortunately, it’s also based on a real newspaper article