Retroblogging seminars: notes from talk by Charlie Yanofsky in 1991

I have been going through old files and notes and scanning some of the more interesting things.  One thing I personally find fascinating are notes from talks from a whiles back.  So I am going to post some of these notes – in a method I call “retroblogging”.  Perhaps I will fake-live-tweet these past talks at some point too.  But even without the social media hoopla I believe it is very informative to look at what people were talking about in seminars 20 or so years ago.

For today’s retroblogging I am posting notes from a talk from 1991 by Charlie Yanofsky an amazing scientist who, among other things, did fundamental work on the nature of gene regulation and genome structure in bacteria.  Oh, and he was a great advisor to me when I was in grad school.  One side note – Charlie was one of the few people who, when I was a grad. student, encouraged me to continue the informatics work I was doing when many others said things like “bioinformatics is not real science.”


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Jonathan Eisen

I am an evolutionary biologist and a Professor at U. C. Davis. My lab is in the UC Davis Genome Center and I hold appointments in the Department of Medical Microbiology and Immunology in the School of Medicine and the Department of Evolution and Ecology in the College of Biological Sciences. My research focuses on the origin of novelty (how new processes and functions originate). To study this I focus on sequencing and analyzing genomes of organisms, especially microbes and using phylogenomic analysis (see my lab site here which has more information on lab activities).  In addition to research, I am heavily involved in the Open Access publishing and Open Science movements.