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moving forward in the fifth year..

posted Sep 22, 2017, 9:25 PM by Rachel Aronoff   [ updated Sep 22, 2017, 9:25 PM ]

Here is a new idea!
What do you think??
Thanks for your input and, as always...
Take Care!

Birthday Special!

posted Sep 6, 2017, 11:07 PM by Rachel Aronoff   [ updated Sep 16, 2017, 5:45 AM ]

There are only 9 days until AGiR! is officially 4 years old, and a series of 10 simple tips* to help protect genomic integrity are being tweeted, to help start off the 5th year right!
Check out and follow @AGIRgenomes 
take care!

*Update on 16 September!  These are now  compiled together, with references!

Project Page in Hackuarium Website

posted Jul 14, 2017, 4:21 AM by Rachel Aronoff   [ updated Jul 14, 2017, 4:22 AM ]

A new project page for the genomic integrity projects at Hackuarium is now out (thanks to Sam)!  While it does not excuse the delay to previous plans to really update *this* site, at least it is something...  Hope you also like it!  

Hackuarium is now moved into a newly renovated lab space, and there is lots going on.  We are starting to get some exciting results with cheek cells, moss life, and citizen science, and looking forward to more!  

Maybe *you* would like to join in some of these efforts!?   
Have a great summer!

Big Progress!?

posted Jul 3, 2017, 11:17 PM by Rachel Aronoff   [ updated Jul 3, 2017, 11:17 PM ]

The EWG sunscreen guide 2017 is out !
Of special note, their tips begin with this point:
'Sunscreen Should Be Your Last Resort'

Has huge progress been made?

Here is their list of tips:
Wear Clothes
Plan Around the Sun
Find Shade - Or Make It
Don't Get Burned
Sunglasses are Essential
Check the UV Index

The whole site promotes the idea of prevention, but some more focus on the 'why' (impacts of course on genomic integrity!) may be helpful...  as discussed previously... :)

Enjoy your summer and take care!!


Too Much!

posted May 15, 2017, 10:37 PM by Rachel Aronoff   [ updated May 15, 2017, 10:38 PM ]

So much has been happening, making 'hot news' posts has fallen by the wayside...
With visiting bio-hackers and students, funding efforts and more, it is all tons of fun, at least!

Follow the facebook pages for genomic integrity and Hackuarium, and check out these twitter feeds for more info:

The Hackuarium wiki pages about the genomic integrity projects (cheek cell chip and moss life) may also be of interest, hoping more people will join me in these efforts.

And of course you are welcome to contact me!  
(There is even a Contact form in the site menu!)

Take care!

Science for All!

posted Apr 18, 2017, 2:05 PM by Rachel Aronoff   [ updated Apr 18, 2017, 2:05 PM ]

22 April 2017, Earth Day, was chosen as the day to put more pressure on the powers that be to support science and thus benefit humanity!

This local event shows promise...   

Hope to see you out there, wherever you may be!

Busy Times!

posted Mar 24, 2017, 9:56 PM by Rachel Aronoff   [ updated Mar 24, 2017, 9:59 PM ]

Lots of Interesting seminars and a citizen science event in Paris the 25 March are keeping us busy!

Lennart Mucke, Ginger Zakian and Brenda Bass, for example, all here in Switzerland this month giving talks at various institutes (EPFL, UNIL, UniBern). 

The TGV to Paris comes next for the Hackuarium 'co-présidentes' RA and Vanessa Lorenzo (and also Hackuarium co-founder, Luc Henry, who is not in this picture, taken in our temporary space, during renovations, the other week...)

Look out for a new blog post sometime soon, with more info about these exciting seminars and events!

Team building!

posted Mar 12, 2017, 4:52 AM by Rachel Aronoff   [ updated Mar 13, 2017, 12:54 PM ]

Two university students are already joining in for genomic integrity experiments at the Hackuarium on cheek cells, and there is more interest from 'down under!'

Maybe you would also like to join the team?  

Ultimately, an international network doing micronuclei and comet cell assays is the idea, for big data that will answer important questions about environmental exposures contributing to (or protecting from) cellular DNA damage! 

Have a look at the project page, and you too can help develop the protocol!

The 'moss menagerie' project is also of interest - wait until you see the means some protozoa use to protect their genomic integrity!  :)

Maybe see you in Renens one Wednesday evening soon?!

Act together!

posted Feb 7, 2017, 1:19 AM by Rachel Aronoff   [ updated Mar 1, 2017, 9:55 PM ]

The General Assembly meeting has been delayed until 2 March 2017, because two board members were faced with unforeseen conflicts...  Now, however, this means there is more time for you to join in the discussion and help us act together for more impact over the next year.  Please fill in the 2017 questionnaire to give input, and register your interest (also if you want to virtually attend the meeting)!

The actual meeting will be held in Lausanne, in a 'bubble' at the Rolex Center, EPFL, 7:00-8:30pm.
Here is a the agenda, for any comments or input (bilingual).  

Latest Actions 'Down Under'

posted Jan 25, 2017, 4:42 AM by Rachel Aronoff   [ updated Jan 25, 2017, 4:53 AM ]

Not only was a productive meeting held with Toni Bode from BioQuisitive in Melbourne last week, but there has been a big round of distribution of flyers between Melbourne to Adelaide since then!  They have been printed on solid 'post card' paper, with the 'summary/flyer' on one side, and the old 'EFV' information (to 'End Fashion Victimization') regarding hair dyes on the other!

One great thing obvious from travels around this country is that the 'no smoking' aspect of the summary flyer is not of great applicability!  Very few smokers have been spotted!  
Nonetheless, melanoma is obviously a big worry, from intense UV exposures common in this country; so awareness of genomic integrity could be helpful (for all!)!
Help spread the word!
(The new trend of parasols, seen from Sydney to Adelaide, is also to be encouraged!!)

Let's see how many more new Australian flags come up on the site, and how many cheek cell 'beta testers' of the open source protocols for both comet and micronuclei assays and 'DIY cheek cell comet chips' (to be under development via an upcoming crowd-funding push!  watch this space!) will become involved from this amazing country!

Remember, wherever you may be, you too can join in the flyer campaign!
Print some out and pass them around!
Especially if you know smokers, this version can help explain why they should really quit! 

(Anyone interested in contributing to design aspects of a new flyer and also the updated web site - planned launch expected for July, 2017! - please contact us at your soonest convenience!)

Take care!!

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