If you want to understand life, don't think about vibrant, throbbing
gels and oozes, think about information technology.
--- Richard Dawkins, The Blind Watchmaker, 1986,
Norton, p. 112.
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were invented here!
were invented here!
how DNA gets information!
Sphere packing -
Molecular efficiency -
a measure of biological states
Peter K. Rogan.
Rapid and comprehensive identification of prokaryotic organisms.
In this patent Pete Rogan made a clever use of sequence logos.
See figure 2: this is a logo of 16S rRNAs. Pete
used the logo to
chose well conserved parts (into which to put PCR primers)
surrounding less conserved parts (which are different for
Thus the sequence of the fragment obtained can rapidly
identify a bacterial species.
The patent will issue on December 13th as US Pat 8,076,104.
as of 2011 Sep 17.
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