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Thursday, 12 December 2013

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Don't you worry. I have attended too many seminars in which postgraduate students have banged on about "gene expression". I eventually challenged one, saying that the expression was evidently a metaphor, so could he give us a definition instead? He could not.

Just remember that: most of the research results that you read about are taken by postgraduates without much ability at critical thinking.

David, I was impressed with this as I really had wondered, from time to time, about this very matter. True!!
And then I read DM's comment and it's back to square one.
4.30 in the morning and all this is going on.
I might as well go back to bed.
And it's Friday 13th.
It doesn't augur well so far, does it?

"Gene expression?"

Nah David, forget about that swotshit - it's more to do with environmental factors. At least as far as grasshoppers/locusts are concerned. You can be sure of that just by the very name of one of "your" grasshopper/locust experts:

Dr Swidbert Ott from the University of Leicester.

http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2013-11/uol-tcy112013.php

Thank you, DM, your bucket of cold water was most useful!

(Sorry, Andra, but you know what an old spoil sport he is!)

Thank you, too, JK, but alas I cannot take anything seriously written by someone called Dr. Swidbert Ott! He sounds like an escapee from a Harry Potter book!

I refuse to believe there is a person called Dr Swidbert Ott but I did once know very slightly a man called Franklyn B.A. Fysh. He was American in case you wondered.
I heard about him on the same day I bought a new phone/fax/message machine and so the "person" who took my messages on the lovely machine came to be known to one and all as Franklyn, and is to this day. I believe he is on long-service leave at the moment but I'm taking messages in his absence.
There you are. Some nice and useful information, I'm sure.
And gratis!
No thanks are required.

Zzzzz...zzzz...zzzz...

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