I’m honoured to have been included in this year’s OpenLab – a compilation of 50 of the best posts from the last year, taken from a diverse array of science blogs.

My piece on Space Invader DNA has made the cut (although not as ironically so as Abel’s vasectomy liveblogging meisterwork). I was always quite proud of this – it’s a great story, it deals with horizontal gene transfer, which is a pet-favourite topic of mine, and the scientist who did the work actually commented and took questions from other commenters! And already, the extra attention from the piece has drawn the notice of a creationist moron. Huzzah!

Incidentally, I also helped to judge the competition (no, not my own piece!) and I want to extend a hearty thanks to Jenny Rohn, who coordinated the whole process and made it run like a well-oiled machine. The quality of the entries I read was really high and the final product should earn a worthy spot on your bookshelf.