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  • June 20, 2014
  • 01:00 PM

Haters gonna… hate?

by Gabriel in Lunatic Laboratories

Haters gonna hate, unless you’ve been hiding under a rock since the internet has been born you’ve probably heard this phrase. Well now there is a new study that shows […]... Read more »

  • June 20, 2014
  • 12:57 PM

Eliminating mutated mitochondria during in-vitro fertilization

by Gal Haimovich in Green Fluorescent Blog

There are several genetic diseases which originate not from mutations in the nuclear genome but mutations in the mitochondrial genome. In humans, the threshold for disease occurrence is if 60% of the mitochondria has mutated mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) (a mixed … Continue reading →... Read more »

  • June 20, 2014
  • 12:07 PM

Maternal Smoking and Child Conduct Disorder Risk

by William Yates, M.D. in Brain Posts

Conduct disorder is a serious behavioral disorder of childhood characterized by aggression, destruction of property, lying, theft and violation of rules.A significant number of children with conduct disorder go on to adult antisocial personality disorder.Conduct disorder is known to have genetic as well as environmental risk factors.Darya Gaysina from the United Kingdom and colleagues recently published a review of maternal smoking during pregnancy and offspring conduct problems.This review exam........ Read more »

  • June 20, 2014
  • 12:00 PM

Endothelial DNA Methylation Goes With the Flow

by Eliza B. in EpiBeat

Atherosclerosis is an inflammatory disease of the arterial walls, and is the major cause of heart attack and stroke. Atherosclerosis is localized to curves and branches in the vasculature where disturbed blood flow (d-flow) is able to alter gene expression and induce endothelial cell (EC) dysfunction. Our lab’s work focuses on the mechanism by which ...
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  • June 20, 2014
  • 10:34 AM

Yaks Use Highest, Steepest Parts of the World for No-Boys-Allowed Meetings

by Elizabeth Preston in Inkfish

It’s hard for humans to tell what wild yaks are doing up there. Living high in the Tibetan Plateau, the rare ungulates are not easy to find. When scientists managed to track some down, they saw that females are hanging out in huge groups with no males allowed. And, though no one knows why, the […]The post Yaks Use Highest, Steepest Parts of the World for No-Boys-Allowed Meetings appeared first on Inkfish.... Read more »

JOEL BERGER, ELLEN CHENG, AILI KANG, MICHAEL KREBS, LISHU LI, ZHAO XIN LU, BUQIONG, BUZHOU, & GEORGE B. SCHALLER. (2014) Sex differences in ecology of wild yaks at high elevation in the Kekexili Reserve, Tibetan Qinghai Plateau, China. Journal of Mammalogy. info:/10.1644/13-MAMM-A-154

  • June 20, 2014
  • 07:31 AM

Journal Club: Passenger pigeon extinction: it’s complicated

by GrrlScientist in Maniraptora

A newly published study reveals that the extinction of the passenger pigeon likely was due to the combined effects of their natural dramatic population fluctuations and human over-exploitation. Read more... Read more »

Hung Chih-Ming, Shaner Pei-Jen L., Zink Robert M., Liu Wei-Chung, Chu Te-Chin, Huang Wen-San, & Li Shou-Hsien. (2014) Drastic population fluctuations explain the rapid extinction of the passenger pigeon. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1401526111  

Groenen Martien A. M., Archibald Alan L., Uenishi Hirohide, Tuggle Christopher K., Takeuchi Yasuhiro, Rothschild Max F., Rogel-Gaillard Claire, Park Chankyu, Milan Denis, & Megens Hendrik-Jan. (2012) Analyses of pig genomes provide insight into porcine demography and evolution. Nature, 491(7424), 393-398. DOI: 10.1038/nature11622  

  • June 20, 2014
  • 07:00 AM

Topical Rapamycin might not be an effective treatment for fibrofolliculomas

by Lizzie Perdeaux in BHD Research Blog

Last week, the results of a clinical trial testing the effectiveness of topical rapamycin as a treatment for BHD were published in PLOS ONE (Gijezen et al., 2014). The study was performed by Professor Dr Maurice van Steensel’s team at the Maastricht … Continue reading →... Read more »

  • June 20, 2014
  • 06:40 AM

Diabetes update: positive new facts and the role of genes

by Patrícia Fonseca Pedro in United Academics

Even though it is agreed that genetic inheritance is a very important factor, it is widely acknowledged, nowadays, that eating habits have a far more prominent role in Type 2 Diabetes’ development.... Read more »

  • June 20, 2014
  • 04:59 AM

Vitamin D and autism: same old story?

by Paul Whiteley in Questioning Answers

I have to say that I wasn't all that surprised when I read the conclusions to the study by Eva Kočovská and colleagues [1] (open-access here) talking about significantly lower levels of 25-Hydroxyvitamin D3 (25(OH)D3) levels detected in their small cohort of young adults diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) compared with various control populations.A deficiency or insufficiency of vitamin D - the sunshine vitamin/hormone - in relation to quite a few cases of autism is somethin........ Read more »

Kočovská E, Andorsdóttir G, Weihe P, Halling J, Fernell E, Stóra T, Biskupstø R, Gillberg IC, Shea R, Billstedt E.... (2014) Vitamin D in the General Population of Young Adults with Autism in the Faroe Islands. Journal of autism and developmental disorders. PMID: 24927807  

  • June 19, 2014
  • 03:31 PM

Addiction, anhedonia, and reward processing in smokers

by neurosci in Neuroscientifically Challenged

In those who are addicted to drugs (or any other substance or behavior), the desire to re-experience the intoxicating effects they initially felt when they used the drug can be overwhelming. It can lead to compulsive drug-seeking, obsessive thinking, and irrational behavior. In addition to these new thought patterns and behaviors, however, addiction is also is associated with a diminished ability to experience pleasure from non-drug rewards. This reduced pleasure is termed........ Read more »

  • June 19, 2014
  • 03:10 PM

LANL Researchers Boost Quantum-Dot Solar Cell Efficiency

by dailyfusion in The Daily Fusion

Researchers at the Los Alamos National Laboratory have achieved an almost four-fold increase of the carrier multiplication yield using nanoengineered quantum dots.... Read more »

Cirloganu, C., Padilha, L., Lin, Q., Makarov, N., Velizhanin, K., Luo, H., Robel, I., Pietryga, J., & Klimov, V. (2014) Enhanced carrier multiplication in engineered quasi-type-II quantum dots. Nature Communications. DOI: 10.1038/ncomms5148  

  • June 19, 2014
  • 01:00 PM

Warning: Serious Side Effects may be Overstated

by Gabriel in Lunatic Laboratories

Black box warnings, I’m all too familiar with them. A quick look in the medicine cabinet and you would see why. In fact I’m surprised the door shuts some days. […]... Read more »

  • June 19, 2014
  • 11:46 AM

June 19, 2014

by Erin Campbell in HighMag Blog

As the widespread therapeutic use of stem cells moves closer to reality, I just fasten my seatbelt a little tighter. An exciting time for stem cells and their scientist stalkers, a recent paper shows the regeneration of damaged monkey hearts by human embryonic stem cell-derived cardiomyocytes.  Human embryonic stem cells (hESCs) can be programmed to differentiate into countless different cell types. hESCs are already being tested in humans to treat retinal diseases and spinal cord inju........ Read more »

Chong, J., Yang, X., Don, C., Minami, E., Liu, Y., Weyers, J., Mahoney, W., Van Biber, B., Cook, S., Palpant, N.... (2014) Human embryonic-stem-cell-derived cardiomyocytes regenerate non-human primate hearts. Nature, 510(7504), 273-277. DOI: 10.1038/nature13233  

  • June 19, 2014
  • 11:20 AM

Smoking and Abnormal Brain Pleasure Response

by William Yates, M.D. in Brain Posts

Smoking cessation in those with nicotine dependence is one of the most difficult challenges for patients and their clinicians.Research targeting the neurobiology of smoking cessation provides hope for designing more effective treatments for nicotine dependence.Takeshi Isomura along with colleagues in the U.S. and Japan recently summarized recent findings in the brain pleasure response in nicotine dependence.The brain ventral striatum region is known to be key in nearly all sensations of pleasure........ Read more »

Peters J, Bromberg U, Schneider S, Brassen S, Menz M, Banaschewski T, Conrod PJ, Flor H, Gallinat J, Garavan H.... (2011) Lower ventral striatal activation during reward anticipation in adolescent smokers. The American journal of psychiatry, 168(5), 540-9. PMID: 21362742  

  • June 19, 2014
  • 09:39 AM

Scientists Fingerprint Oil from Deepwater Horizon Spill

by dailyfusion in The Daily Fusion

Scientists from Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences have developed a unique way to fingerprint oil, even after most of it has degraded, and to assess how it changes over time.... Read more »

  • June 19, 2014
  • 09:37 AM

What’s The Answer? (explosion of careers)

by Mary in OpenHelix

Biostars is a site for asking, answering and discussing bioinformatics questions and issues. We are members of the community and find it very useful. Often questions and answers arise at Biostars that are germane to our readers (end users of genomics resources). Every Thursday we will be highlighting one of those items or discussions here […]... Read more »

  • June 19, 2014
  • 09:16 AM

Everyday Aggression: We Hurt Those Closest to Us

by amikulak in Daily Observations

When we think of aggression, we might think of road rage or a bar fight, situations in which people are violent toward strangers.  But research suggests that aggression is actually […]... Read more »

South Richardson, D. (2014) Everyday Aggression Takes Many Forms. Current Directions in Psychological Science, 23(3), 220-224. DOI: 10.1177/0963721414530143  

  • June 19, 2014
  • 08:30 AM

Can Mindfulness Help You Shed Pounds?

by Pranita Sohony in Workout Trends

It is 8.30 in the morning. I have 12 Unread Mails, 5 files on my desk, 3 meetings to attend, 1 cheese wrap in my hand, and ‘Zero’ attention to what I am eating! How familiar is this story? Isn’t that your story at office every morning? Do you even remember what you had for […]
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Framson, C., Kristal, A., Schenk, J., Littman, A., Zeliadt, S., & Benitez, D. (2009) Development and Validation of the Mindful Eating Questionnaire. Journal of the American Dietetic Association, 109(8), 1439-1444. DOI: 10.1016/j.jada.2009.05.006  

  • June 19, 2014
  • 08:13 AM

Why do we get pleasure from sad music?

by Janet Kwasniak in Neuro-patch

  Sadness is a negative emotion; and, we recognize sadness in some music; but yet, we often enjoy listening to sad music. We can be positive about a negative emotion. A recent paper by Kawakami (citation below) differentiates between some hypotheses to explain this contradiction. The hypotheses that the response has to do with musical […]... Read more »

Kawakami, A., Furukawa, K., & Okanoya, K. (2014) Music evokes vicarious emotions in listeners. Frontiers in Psychology. DOI: 10.3389/fpsyg.2014.00431  

  • June 19, 2014
  • 04:26 AM

More suramin and autism [mouse] findings

by Paul Whiteley in Questioning Answers

The headline: 'Century-old drug reverses signs of autism in mice' brought the paper by Jane Naviaux and colleagues [1] (open-access) to my attention and some slightly familiar work (see here) on the use of suramin in a mouse model of autism, or rather a mouse model of maternal immune activation. Indeed, I seem to remember that the previous study by this group [2] courted similar publicity, with some familiar headlines...Not lecturing... @ Wikipedia The latest offering from Naviaux et a........ Read more »

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