My name is John and my player name on EteRNA is Guzz.
I started playing with EteRNA after seeing it on Nova (Nova Science Now), but my interest in RNA goes back to highschool biology and later virology. I am amazed that a chunk of DNA/RNA can float around in a container that is perfectly suited to penetrating a cell with information that allows it to hijack the cell to produce exact copies of itself packaged the same. It is like the perfect perpetual motion machine.
Although, I am technically a Software Engineer, I have come to think of myself as a Computer Scientist because I really enjoy the Science of Computation and using coded instructions to cause eletromagnetic reactions: hence my life-long interest in Genetics.
Sadly, I have seen friends and family suffer from genetically based illnesses. As such, a lifetime interest has become a quest. I fell that fields such as RNAi have great promise in finding disruptive science to resolve mutations in genes, and I hope in some small way to help find solutions.
- Ensembl - freely available genome databases.
- Genetic Home Research- useful resources and educational materials.
- 23 And Me- consumer genetic sequencing company.
Interests with respect to EteRNA:
- Developing Mobile Tools which allow me to do RNA research on the go: on my smart phone.
- Understanding if Thinking in Codons improves the quality of my RNA coding over merely thinking in nucleotides.
- If that pans out, does an awareness of proteins further improve the odds that a coding sequence will work in the real world.
- Genetic Computers- which turns out to be closely related to Foresight Institute Feynman Grand Prize
- Recently, I have become interested in expressing sequences as music: do good coding sequences sound good?
- The API for Server Data Queries
- Scripting Stuff