Bacteriophage T7 Model

As solicited over twitter by TheFrogBlog, I designed a T7 Bacteriophage model for 3D printing via Shapeways. And, here it is: ](/images/Bacteriophage_Model.jpg) Bacteriophage T7 It’s a little fragile at the tips of the legs, so I might increase the size a little to make it more robust. Also, the neck is a little weak where the head joins the body, so I may have to lower the head a little to strengthen that connection.

Biocurious: Final Lap, Nature Publication. Jump On Board!

I’ve written before about Biocurious, the nascent Hackerspace for Biology that is raising money to rent out a real, no-kidding biotech lab full of professional equipment for community and citizen science. It’s ambitious, it’s brilliant, and it’s already resulted in a study that’s been published in Nature Medicine (a very prestigious journal even for well-equipped lab scientists), long before they reach their funding goal. The study in question was an excellent example of the power of citizen science and collaborative work.

My Accurate DNA Sculpture Arrived!

A week or so ago I sat down in OpenSCAD and spent some time modelling something I’ve wanted to make since I got my Makerbot almost a year ago. For a while, I hadn’t made it because OpenSCAD’s compiled binaries didn’t support extrusion, which I needed to create a twist-y backbone. For a while after that, I was exceedingly busy with marriage and mousetraps. I still am busy with mousetraps but we all need a holiday now and then!

My DNA Sculpture is now for sale on Shapeways!

Just for love, I designed and printed myself a little sculpture of a DNA double-helix on a small base. It’s going to be my desk ornament in the lab for the next few months while I try to finish my project on time and write a thesis. Of course, nowadays if you’ve made something you’re proud of, it’s a trivial thing to offer it for sale to others with similar nerdy interests!