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I recently had a paper accepted and therefore dutifully registered it on the University’s Symplectic database. This forms a repository for all the publications generated by the university, which is of course a vital tool for summarizing research output (for … Continue reading

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Group Update

A very long while without a post on this blog, so high time for an update. This blog is mainly written by me with occasional (very good!) guest posts by members of Will Gaze‘s group (see e.g. here). It features … Continue reading

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Two weeks ago I visited collaborator Adam Eyre-Walker at the University of Sussex in Brighton. Adam and I have been working on a paper exploring what selective forces underly the rate with which bacteria take up new genes, using insights … Continue reading

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Is every bacterium everywhere?

I posted some excerpts from a paper in progress a while back (How many species of bacteria are there? and Bacteria vs. Animals). Here another post on the question “Is every bacterium everywhere?” (then I will stop and just link … Continue reading

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a lottery system for grant proposals

I read a series of commentaries a couple of weeks ago in Dutch newspaper ‘de Volkskrant’ on the functioning of national research council NWO. As science funding generally works the same across different countries, most of the discussion could be … Continue reading

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Introducing BSc student Abigail Colclough

Bachelors student Abigail (Abi) Colclough started her year long placement in the lab in July: high time for an introduction! She has written a first blog post here and will write more on her project on a blog she has … Continue reading

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Little changes: meet the Rinkidinks

As mentioned in a previous post: former colleague Tiffany Taylor has a children’s book out explaining evolution. Do your kids a favour and downloaded it as a pdf for free!

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