You'd Prefer An Argonaute

~ Intermission ~

Posted in Blog Affairs by YPAA on March 1, 2012

Cabot Street Cinema, Massachusetts by Hiroshi Sugimoto

This isn’t necessarily the final post for You’d Prefer An Argonaute, but I’m calling an intermission, or hitting the standby button perhaps.

While I’ve thoroughly enjoyed running the blog the past three years, other priorities have taken hold of me, and the blog is getting sleepy, so to speak.

There haven’t been contributions to the RNA Journal Club posts for quite a while. When even I didn’t find the time to do one for my last presentation, it got harder for me to in fair conscience ask others to still contribute. I don’t see a point in continuing to post the papers weekly now that there are no more reviews.

I am extremely grateful to the following people who did contribute: Vikram Agarwal, Josh Arribere, Graeme Doran, Anna Drinnenberg, Robin Friedman, Huili Guo, Allan Gurtan, Mohini Jangi, Carla Klattenhoff, David Koppstein, Madhu Kumar, Charles Lin, Joel Neilson, Michael Nodine, Alex Robertson, Jenny Rood, Noah Spies, Alex Subtelny, Igor Ulitsky, Pavan Vaidyanathan, David Weinberg, Josien van Wolfswinkel, Xuebing Wu, and Muhammed Yildirim.

Pretty much all these people are going to be successful P.I.’s/scientists one day. There’s a significant correlation I tell you!

I hope to still post periodically, things like the annual lists of RNA conferences I compile. And maybe the blog will get its second wind during my postdoc… we’ll see. In the meantime don’t fret about the site disappearing from the web, however, the URL could change if I get sick of paying rent on the domain.

Sometimes I feel like I’ve been writing for an alien audience, because I’ve had practically no contact with viewers. Who and what are you? Spam drones? Bored teenagers?

Well, to the curious, nerdy aliens who landed here for knowledge or laughs, thanks for reading, and stay true in your science.

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  1. Pieter Bas Kwak said, on March 1, 2012 at 8:13 am

    I enjoyed reading this blog(?) and checked it out weekly for the last eight or so months to see what sparked Argonaute lover’s interests, above and beyond Ago, scientifically–it helped me sift through scientific literature and provided very enjoyable reads. Thank you David, and all of your contributors for your efforts and dedication.

    P.B. Kwak

    • YPAA said, on March 1, 2012 at 11:08 am

      Hey thanks Pieter!

  2. jsh said, on March 1, 2012 at 12:03 pm

    I suspect that most of us silent readers are just Argonaute-lovin’ folks. The blog has been very fun, and I certainly don’t mind infrequent posts – that’s what RSS is for. Thanks much, and best of luck with finishing school, starting your postdoc, etc.

    • YPAA said, on March 1, 2012 at 2:07 pm

      Thanks jsh. Infrequent is my middle name!

  3. slart said, on March 2, 2012 at 4:12 am

    Hi there,
    just wanted to say thank you the blog was fun and especially the Journal Club was always a good and interesting read.

    thanks for the work you put in here and all the best for your future!

    – another silent somwhat nerdy alien

    • YPAA said, on March 2, 2012 at 9:15 am

      Cool thanks slart!

  4. galicolagfb said, on July 11, 2012 at 1:10 pm

    I wish I knew about this blog before you closed it.
    Hope someday you’ll decide to resume blogging.
    meanwhile, you are invited to my blog, which, sometimes will deal with RNA as well.


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