Today I isolated the DNA from a strawberry and stored it in a small vial of ethanol. I am pretty sure I couldn’t clone a strawberry to save my life, but actually extracting the DNA was amazingly simple.
Adtran offers something they call ‘Lunch and Learn’ twice a month. They provide a box lunch and some interesting and useful information. Often it is computer related; Microsoft Office power user stuff; I like tweaks, so I will go to pretty much all of them. But today was about biotechnology, and they had a representative of a nearby firm come in and give us a presentation on genomology.
He gave a good talk about DNA and what was going on in the field relating to genetic modifications. He talked about his organization, which is a place that brings scientists and industry together and tries to get their creativity working together.
Huntsville isn’t known for pure research. They want to make stuff with what they learn. I concur.
I am not against gathering knowledge for the sake of knowledge, but applied research is more exciting. I like to know what it is, but I am even more interested in what it does and how I can use it to make life better.
I have some issues with genetic manipulation, but I am not dead set against it. Either way, I should understand it before I disagree with it.