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SCB Talk Monday Jan 29th: David Ornelles and Translation

A couple days ago, the SCB Discussion group, organize by Dr. Salsbury, had the pleasure of hosting David Ornelles from WFSM Department of Microbiology and Immunology. A beautiful biophysical and biochemical study of translation. Specifically, study adenovirus and polyribosome formation on various message RNAs. 

From a quantitive point of view, one of the most interesting aspects was the use of Weibull distributions to describe the distribution of polyribosome, and the changes across mRNAs and across various mutant viruses.

Interestingly, I often put Weibull and Gumbel distribution problems on stat mech exams as examples of other physically useful distributions. Exponential, Gaussian, Poisson and uniform distributions get boring.