I am a Professor of Zoology. My research into bacterial genetic recombination asks “Do bacteria have sex?” My free online course "Useful Genetics" starts today. Ask Me Anything!
I am a Professor of Zoology at UBC; I earned my PhD at Stanford and did post-doctoral research at Harvard and Johns Hopkins. Since 2006 I've been writing openly about my day-to-day research on my RRResearch blog. In 2011 I achieved my 15 minutes of fame by critiquing (on RRResearch) the NASA-sponsored paper claiming that bacteria could construct DNA using arsenic instead of phosphorus, and in 2012 led a team that showed this work to not be reproducible. Lately I've been criticizing the current teaching of genetics, and putting my money where my mouth is by developing and teaching the free online course Useful Genetics. I tweet @rosieredfield.
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(EDIT: Thanks for all the great questions - I'm signing off now. But I'll check back later for more questions and followups!)