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Michael S. Serfas (an artistic interpretation)

I work in the Your Lab at XYZ University. I learned about OpenWetWare from web search while looking for Tm methods to add to some DNA utilities I'm writing (pre-alpha at http://www.dnascript.freeiz.com/ ), and I've joined because I've supported the idea of online sharing since the 1990s, when I maintained an online resource with some of the protocols I used in Angela Tyner's lab. I'm not entirely sure why OWW wasn't more successful, but it occupies a useful position between Wikipedia and MOOC content that is worth a closer look. I am a former postdoc with experience in mammalian and insect systems, also very familiar with MediaWiki (including Lua/Scribunto if you are planning to update), and I'd welcome your suggestions for where you could use some help. Otherwise, I see some areas in which your site could use work right away: for example, practically any entry under Materials. More broadly, my feeling is that your site needs a way to bring its massive resources of archived coursework "to life", after the fashion of Udacity - in other words, to provide self-contained instruction units that can be taken at any time, permit students to check their progress via quizzes handled by a server, and ultimately finish the course feeling that they had measurably demonstrated a certain level of understanding..


  • Year, PhD, Institute
  • Year, MS, Institute
  • Year, BS, Institute

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  2. JACOB F and MONOD J. Genetic regulatory mechanisms in the synthesis of proteins. J Mol Biol. 1961 Jun;3:318-56. PubMed ID:13718526 | HubMed [Paper2]
    leave a comment about a paper here
  3. Mark Ptashne. A genetic switch. Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y.: Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press, 2004. ISBN:0879697164 [Book1]
All Medline abstracts: PubMed | HubMed

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