You may recall that June's issue of Genome Biology was dedicated to the field of plant genomics (more info on the issue can be found in this blog post).
When putting together the issue, we recorded a podcast with some of the featured researchers in which we discussed their contributions.
We also spoke to co-Guest Editor Mario Caccamo (read his and Erich Grotewold's Editorial here) and, as a bonus, we solicited the thoughts of Dale Sanders on GM crops – a perennially hot button topic.
For the aurally challenged, Biome has posted a full text of the Q&A from which Sanders' podcast clips are excerpted.
One of the most wonderful things about science, to my mind, is the way its fundamental principles are simultaneously both universal and personal. Quantum physics helps to explain the nature of grandiose concepts such as time and space, but it also applies to the insignificant particles that make up my own cells. Equally, within these very cells, at any moment, biological processes newly reported in the literature are taking place, as are those that have yet to be discovered.
For this reason, when I look at one of the beautiful X-ray diffraction photos taken by Rosalind Franklin and her PhD student Ray Gosling in the early 1950s, from painstaking work performed on calf thymus samples in gloomy basements …
A free podcast, released on International Women’s Day, explores the challenges faced by female researchers in British science. The interviewee is Baroness Susan Greenfield.
A free podcast featuring interviews with Elaine Mardis, Jay Shendure, Jim Lipski and Joris Veltman. The podcast accompanies Genome Biology’s special issue on exome sequencing.