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ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

Biochemies supporting the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge!

We challenge fellow science plushies: GiantMicrobes, I Heart Guts, and Particle Zoo.

Donate at ALSA.org!

Hypericin Plush

During our Kickstarter campaign, we offered a custom plush doll for pledges of $500 or more. Despite having 3 pledges of that amount, only one person took us up on the offer.

The plush we created was of hypericin, a red molecule found in the yellow Saint John’s wort flower which has antibacterial and antiviral effects. It can also be used for its photosensitive properties in imaging studies.

The flower magnetically attaches to the plush.

Baby’s First Genetics Book

Annika Moe, a Post-doctoral Fellow at the University of Minnesota, was inspired by Biochemies to create her own children’s book called “Baby’s First Genetics Book”.  The book has been well-received by her 3-year old nephew. 

Annika has allowed me to share her book here:

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Biochemies available on ThinkGeek

I am very proud that Biochemies is available on ThinkGeek.com!  

I recall first starting the project and dreaming that one day it could be on ThinkGeek… and it has happened thanks to everyone’s support!

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DNA plush dolls coming 2013!

One year after the Kickstarter campaign and two years since the initial idea and prototype, the Biochemies DNA Molecule Plush Dolls are *almost* ready for the market!  They will be available early 2013, but unfortunately they will not make this holiday season.  Thanks for everyone’s encouragement and support!

In the meantime, I wish you…

Explanation: There are 20 amino acids that string together to make up every protein in the human body.  Each amino acid has a one-letter designation, so Histidine (H) - Alanine (A) - Proline (P) … you get the idea.  The only odd one is Pyrrolysine (O), which is only found in some bacteria and archaea. 

Link to e-card: http://biochemies.com/dna/holiday.jpg

Biochemies Lab Coat

The only appropriate lab coat for this scientist is one that magnetically zips down the middle:

Happy Valentine’s Day!!

Happy Valentine’s Day!!

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Happy Valentine’s Day!

While the plush of the flask was cute, it was picked at first because it was simple.  For the next project, I decided to do DNA bases with the cute idea that they would magnetically stick where the hydrogen bonds are suppose to be!  After 2 weeks of work, the prototypes are done.  I’m thinking of potentially taking them to market.

"The best way to capture girls’ attention is with plushies!" I said lightheartedly while playing with an Android plush doll on my way to a tech conference in January 2011.

Something sparked.  Two weeks later, this was made.

I’ve never sewed anything before, but with a trip to the fabric store and some googling, Bio+chemies is now a plush toy!