Permission to crow granted

red_jungle_fowl.jpgThis year I became intrigued by a blogging challenge issued by Skulls in the Stars.  It encouraged us to look back at classic papers in our fields and write about them.  Provide some historical and scientific context for them, and help us understand their importance for our work today.

This effort has taken on a life of its own and has become the regular blog carnival called The Giant’s Shoulders.

I chose to write about some work that influenced me in grad school.  And upon which my thesis completely relied: labeling with fluorescent antibodies.  The post became: “The Beginnings of Immunofluorescence” about some work done in the early 1940s.

This post has been selected by the juried Open Laboratory anthology to be printed up in this year’s book!  There were over 500 entries in the end.  I’m delighted and honored.  We have been given permission to crow about this, so I offer Gallus gallus to celebrate this!  Have a look at the Gallus gallus genome at UCSC Genome Browser if you are so inclined.  I’m considering an early bioinformatics paper for my next effort on this….

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Caption: NHGRI-supported researchers have sequenced the genome of the red jungle fowl, which is the ancestor of all domestic chickens. Photo courtesy of Bill Payne, Michigan State University