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Joined: Wed May 25, 2011 4:20 pm
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Post Re: Citizen science
I can't speak for other people, I can only speak for myself. My motivation for being here is that I am looking for alternative routes to investigating problems in molecular biology that are not likely to get the kind of financial support that goes along with "big science." My interest is not in problems that arise in medicine or in bio-defense. My area of molecular biology is concerned with environmental problems. At present, my dissertation research in lobster shell disease was funded by money from Rhode Island Sea Grant. It is unlikely to be funded again, given current budgetary constraints. Since I teach at a community college, where research is certainly not of paramount concern, I am looking at the possibility of setting up a small lab that would enable me to conduct research on somewhat obscure problems. For example, I have some suspicions about the microbiomic aspects of White Nose Syndrome in bats. This is not the kind of thing that gets high priority funding.
I do have interest in technological innovation, and would like to find a way to make pyrosequencing less costly. I am looking at Open PCR as a model.
Anyway, that's my two cents, and I am glad to have found this website.

Wed May 25, 2011 5:54 pm
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