Archive for January, 2013

Posted: January 30, 2013 in Uncategorized

really interesting & own-looking write up,so I go for re-blog,

Wellcome Trust Blog

Scientist looking at sequencing autorad.

Kathryn Lougheed on the difficult career choices facing postdoctoral scientists.

Disclaimer: Opinions expressed in this article are the author’s own and not necessarily those of the Wellcome Trust.

October was a milestone for me; a milestone that, in the darkest moments of failed experiments and contaminated cultures, feels as if it will be metaphorically tied around my scientific career and pushed off a bridge. This is because October marked the ten-year anniversary of starting my PhD and, simultaneously, the point at which scientific funders deem me too experienced to apply for a junior fellowship.

I’ve been a postdoc for six years and have known for some time now that, as much I love the freedom to focus on research without the pressure of writing grant applications or teaching undergraduates, this isn’t a permanent career option. A postdoc is meant to be a stepping stone on to bigger and better…

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Leader of a consortium of scientists from ten countries: Dr. Rajeev Varshney

Chickpea: Cicer arietinum (2n = 2x = 16) genome-a rich resource for trait improvement

Important features:

  • Second most widely grown legume crop after soybean
  • ~738-Mb draft whole genome shotgun sequence of a kabuli chickpea variety
  • Total no of genes: 28,269 genes
  • Resequencing and analysis of 90 cultivated and wild genotypes from ten countries
  • Traits that distinguish the two main market classes of cultivated chickpea—desi and kabuli were highlighted
  • This will eventually move us closer to the goal of improving the livelihood and productivity of chickpea farmers worldwide, with particular emphasis on the resource-poor, marginal environments of sub-Saharan Africa and Southeast Asia.

For more detail, read the original paper on Nature Biotech website.