Writing Journal of a Scientist: Whose Drabble Is It Anyway?

Drabble, anddnasci.wordpress.com, Tanzelle Oberholster, Wikipedia

  A fitting lighthearted post to start the new year. A drabble is a 100-word writing piece, which explains a concept fully. So, for my own amusement I decided to take up the challenge, maybe even dabble in a bit of drabble more regularly on this blog. Drabbling is quite appealing to me, because I think … Continue reading Writing Journal of a Scientist: Whose Drabble Is It Anyway?

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1st First Author Article: Key microbial taxa in the rhizosphere of sorghum and sunflower grown in crop rotation

Graphical abstract, Key microbial taxa in the rhizosphere of sorghum and sunflower grown in crop rotation, Microbial Networks, Soil, Field Conditions, Composition, Diversity

This is my 1st first author article, which is part of my PhD requirement (other than submitting a thesis which is already with the examiners) - One step closer to graduation !     Tanzelle Oberholster, Surendra Vikram, Don Cowan, Angel Valverde. 2018.  Key microbial taxa in the rhizosphere of sorghum and sunflower grown in crop … Continue reading 1st First Author Article: Key microbial taxa in the rhizosphere of sorghum and sunflower grown in crop rotation

Ticks in the Fossil Record: How the cousin of the Spider became a Blood-sucking Vampire

Tick in amber lyme disease

Ticks are blood-feeding external parasites. Truly disgusting creatures and I still say this even after I had studied them for four years. How did they become such repulsive organisms? To glimpse an answer, let's take a walk down the earth's memory lane and explore the ancestral fossils from which they came.     Fossils are … Continue reading Ticks in the Fossil Record: How the cousin of the Spider became a Blood-sucking Vampire

Writing Journal of a Scientist: Absolute Nonsense Comes From Ignorance

Caution Elephant Ahead Namibia Tanzelle Oberholster andDNAsci.wordpress

These five words are what popped into my head during a creative writing exercise back in high-school during English class. It has been sitting in my writing journal ever since, but I always wondered as to the validity of such a statement. Is it not rather a statement of half-truth (or for that matter a … Continue reading Writing Journal of a Scientist: Absolute Nonsense Comes From Ignorance

Origins of Domestic Cattle: Migration patterns & Speciation events

Aurochs cave painting Lascaux, France Prof saxx

During my masters, I studied the blue cattle tick, Rhipicepahlus microplus (REF 1). I was interested in the movement of cattle as a factor of human migration and trade through Africa. Additionally domestication and selective breeding affected the genetic make-up of cattle, which influences resistance against parasites. Since host geographical distribution and genetic inheritance are … Continue reading Origins of Domestic Cattle: Migration patterns & Speciation events

A Writing Sample from the Journal of a Scientists

Science, Biology, Biotechnology, Microbiology, Genetics, Chemistry, Biohazard, Molecule, Molecular

Here is a short piece from my writing journal that I wrote back in 2011 during my honours studies:   For a researcher, there are two forms of writing. The language of science; precise, concise and boring, and the other of creative; with embellishments, illustrations and fiction. Yet as avid writers of the one, rarely … Continue reading A Writing Sample from the Journal of a Scientists