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by Eva Amsen

Science as culture, science in culture

easternblot.net is a blog about the overlap of science and culture. Scientists in books or film, science travel, creative science projects, science in art, and the overlap between music and science. Those are some of the things you can find on easternblot.net. All sciences are represented, and everyone is welcome.

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There’s also a section about science communication, which is probably most interesting to other scientists or science communicators/writers. There are posts about organising events for scientists, about the science blogging community, or about scholarly communication.

The topics are quite diverse, because even though easternblot.net has been around since 2005, this site also includes some of the archives from my Expression Patterns blog that was hosted on Nature Network from 2007 to 2012.



Who created this site?

Eva has a PhD in biochemistry, but now works with scientists rather than as one. She’s interested in the way scientists communicate with each other and share information, via the web or otherwise. Eva also plays violin, but not right now. Now she’s typing this.

If you need a more formal biography, those are here.

See my portfolio for science writing and communication projects.


Eastern what? Eastern blot?

An eastern blot is a non-existent biochemical technique. Mr. Southern invented the Southern blot to detect DNA of different sizes. Later, northern blot was used for a similar method involving RNA, and western blot for protein, but there is no eastern blot, because there is no fourth molecule in the DNA/RNA/protein set.

A note about all the techniques that are called “eastern blot”: Too many different things are all called “eastern blot” by people who wanted to market their method as something to do with blotting and biochemistry. It’s too confusing. You can insist that it has something to do with glycolosation detection, but someone else might think you mean that you just switched the poles on a western blot. The name “eastern blot” only makes perfect sense for a technique that detects a fourth type of molecule in the DNA/RNA/protein set, but such a technique cannot exist, because that molecule does not exist. I have addressed this issue, and my screen name, and the emails I receive that inform me that technique X is called eastern blot, all in a column for the Royal Society of Chemistry’s Chemistry World magazine in 2010.