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Dec 12th, 2005

I got hacked, a couple of times actually. The first guy modified this page, the second took control a bit more noticeably. I’ve decided to leave this message here, rather than tracking down the original, as a lesson to myself.

Just hope I’ve patched the vulnerability.

Edit: Oh sod it. I decided to track down the original, and have quoted it below. I even corrected a few of the spelling errors.

After a long period of downtime my blog is finally back online, this time running under different software. Unfortunately the old blog died when my webhost went bankrupt, but through the wonders of Google I have again be able to save the content. I’ll probably just chuck the best of it in a static archive page.

For those of you who don’t know a lot has happened since the last time I posted here the main of which is my graduation and subsequent removal to Edinburgh. Here I’m studying in my Masters year of a four year combined PhD/Masters. I have just recently finished my first mini-project, a ten week lab research project in which not only did I get some decent and novel results but I also wasted several thousand pounds in simple mistakes. The biologists among you will find my addition of DNase to a transcription reaction amusing, the rest of you will be lost.

On Friday we had the unit Christmas party, complete with ceilidh, which proved very exhausting. Naturally, for someone tho has only been to one ceilidh before, I was at a complete loss for half the dances, but thankfully I was not alone in this. We all get another crack at it on Burns Night, so expect lots of grumblings about sore limbs around then. This event also signaled the beginning of the Christmas season in terms of events going on and somehow I seem to have been tied in to about four Christmas dinners, two of which have already happened. I also fear further dinners when I get hope, completely destroying my somewhat naive plans to have my overdraft cleared by January. Still, once Christmas is out the way I should get it paid off fairly quickly. I don’t like being in the red, even when it is interest free. Still, as a general trend income is greater than expenditure at the moment so things shouldn’t be be getting any worse.

My new lab project is working with yeast again, although this time is is S.Pombe, S.cervevisiae’s less famous brother. At the moment things are a bit slow as I’m having to get everything up and ready for the experiment proper, which will probably begin after Christmas. The aim is to over-express a particular gene, making the cells sick in the process. Following this I will over express lots of other genes and look for rescue, that is a gene that can make the sick cells healthy again. In doing so I should hopefully discover what the first gene does, as well as possibly identifying some new genes which have previously been uncharacterized. If it works it should be all very exciting and may mean that I get a chance to name a few genes.

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