Research mundanities…

Posted 19 September 2010 by Jim Caryl

I imagine that historians find nothing more vexing then when they need to refer to primary written research material, only to find half of it is missing. This means they have to search around for other sources to fill in the gaps, before they can actually do the work that they wanted to do based on the original text.
I'm sure this can be fun for most, like a jigsaw puzzle; but sometimes you need the information, all of it, now. I find myself in the same situation again, faced with this pet peeve old foe. In bacterial genetics, DNA sequences are king. There was a valiant effort, as early as the early 80's, to get sequence data for various genes, but the prohibitive cost and limiting technology often meant that there were large gaps. ... Read more