I am slowly catching up on my email and marking of course assignments. There is a lot left to report on the Kunming conference. Unfortunately, the connection at the site was not good enough (let alone the problem of blocked sites such as blogger) to provide proper updates. I will make up for that in the days to come.
Another thing that perhaps went largely unnoticed is a new feature we started about a week ago:
BIO's Daily Image
Our collections unit is also responsible for proper imaging of all specimens that go through our pipeline. Any specimen that arrives here will be photographed before tissue samples are taken and passed on to the lab for sequencing. As you can imagine over the years we have been amassing quite a few images of beautiful critters and every day we keep adding new ones. All of the images are uploaded to BOLD together with all other data associated with a specimen but we thought it would be a great idea to share some of them through another outlet on a daily basis. We chose Pinterest for that as it is most convenient and up-to-date. Furthermore, we can use widgets for our websites. I've added one to this blog (you should be able to see it in the column on the right). Enjoy!