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Rare Piebald Deer on Orcas Island (Washington State) September 4, 2007

Posted by Sacha in Genetics, News, Science.
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I had the good furtune to see a piebald deer while visiting the Spring Bay Inn on Orcas Island in Washington state a few weeks ago.  Isn’t it pretty?

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My father-in-law, a geneticist, says it is not a result of inbreeding, as one fellow inn guest had told me, but simply a genetic difference.  I am having trouble finding reliable information on this variation.  Does anyone have a scientifically sound source of information about it?

The end is near September 3, 2007

Posted by Sacha in Blogging, Research, School.
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No, I have not subscribed to a new apocalyptic cult, I have applied for graduation!  Assuming I can complete six more classes in the next nine months, I will graduate in June.  It’s been a long road, so it feels great to know I won’t be an undergrad all my life. 

The reason I haven’t been blogging here lately is not for lack of things to talk about, but because I’ve had way too much going on.  I went to North Carolina for a workshop at the Statistics and Applied Math Sciences Institute, received a scholarship to participate in the Summer Institute in Statistical Genetics in Seattle and received a grant from NASA to continue my microRNA research this summer.  These were all fantastic opportunities and I need to do some reflective blogging on them before I forget everything.