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A PseudoRealScientist no longer: farewell and thanks, Jack Scanlan – Real Scientists

A PseudoRealScientist no longer: farewell and thanks, Jack Scanlan


Mr Jack L. ‘Torture’ Scanlan, invertebrate molecular geneticist – which is not the same as inveterate molecular geneticist, although in Jack’s case it may be – was good enough to grace us with his presence this week as your host and ours on @RealScientists. This week we discovered the ideal insect to genetically modify to gigantic size in order to smash cities to dust, why Bjork is the patron background music of fly geneticists, how to conceal your swagger while loading electrophoresis gels in front of teenagers, which Drosophila species would win in a fight, what makes a scientist, the secret plans for world domination being hatched in the high-security wing of the Bio21 Institute, and what the DUF family of genes actually does. Wait, scratch that last one. That might take some further work on Jack’s part. There was also unfeasible amounts of gratuitous cross-promotion for Jack’s side interests in the Young Skeptics and the PseudoSciPod podcast. Between that and his own Twitter account you’ve frankly no excuse for not keeping in touch with what Jack’s up to after his curation stint is over. Which it is. No, seriously Jack, it’s over. Don’t make us change the passwords again. Put down the mic and step away…



Jack’s amazing 770+ tweets for RealScientists have been collected in two storify files: Part 1 (Sunday-Tuesday) and Part 2 (Wednesday-following Sunday). Lots of great conversations, photos and links to revisit.

Next week, because we like to change it up at RealScientists, and because what people do with science is to us as important and interesting as what people do to make science in the first place, we welcome Maylynn Nunn, marine biologist and senior fisheries assessment manager at the Marine Stewardship Council, talking about the science of sustainable seafood. Amongst a great many other things, of course!


James is a recovering scientist and escaped postdoc who works in research management at the University of Otago, New Zealand. He's now retired from active @RealScientists duty, after serving from the project's beginnings in 2013 through to mid 2015. When not managing research, surviving #PlanetParenthood or pretending not to be an expat Australian in the Deep South of NZ, he tweets @theotherdrsmith.

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  1. Great to see our very own @MaylynnNunn in the spotlight on @RealScientists. Proud!

  1. July 28, 2013

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