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  • August 7, 2014
  • 02:11 PM

Nerve Regeneration: Another Piece of the Stem Cell Puzzle

by Gabriel in Lunatic Laboratories

Almost everyone regenerates nerves, but you! Sure, yesterday we talked about how other animals in the kingdom regenerate damaged nerves and how we got left in the dust. But we […]... Read more »

  • August 7, 2014
  • 01:06 PM

Researchers Grow Human Gastrointestinal Cells Using Epithelial Stem Cells

by beredim in Stem Cells Freak

Kelli L. VanDussen, PhD, and Matthew A. CiorbaA method of growing human cells from tissue removed from a patient's gastrointestinal (GI) tract may one day help scientists develop tailor-made therapies for inflammatory bowel disease and other GI-related conditions.Reporting online recently in the journal Gut, researchers from the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis said they have made cell lines from individual patients in as little as two weeks.They have created more than 6........ Read more »

  • August 7, 2014
  • 12:53 PM

Harvard Researchers Identify New Potential Treatment for Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis

by beredim in Stem Cells Freak

This image depicts graduate student Sophie De Boer, (left), and Prof. Kevin Eggan (right) discussing their latest work.Credit: B. D. Colen/Harvard UniversityAbout eight years ago, researchers at the Harvard Stem Cell Institute (HSCI) begun a series of studies that led to a report published today which may be a major step forward in thequest to developing real treatments for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS).The findings by Harvard professor of Stem Cell and Regenerative Biology (HSCRB) Kevin E........ Read more »

de Boer, A., Koszka, K., Kiskinis, E., Suzuki, N., Davis-Dusenbery, B., & Eggan, K. (2014) Genetic validation of a therapeutic target in a mouse model of ALS. Science Translational Medicine, 6(248), 248-248. DOI: 10.1126/scitranslmed.3009351  

  • August 7, 2014
  • 09:32 AM

August 7, 2014

by Erin Campbell in HighMag Blog

No matter how many brilliant discoveries are made by countless brilliant scientists, there will always be a lot of unknowns out there. These unknowns are what keep our mental wheels turning, our imaginations running, and our labs busy. Today’s image is from a paper that describes a newly-discovered process of vascular development called “canalogenesis.” Schlemm’s canal (SC) is a flattened tube that encircles the anterior portion of the eye and drains fluid from the area. Abnormal drainag........ Read more »

  • August 7, 2014
  • 08:00 AM

Thinking Makes My Head Hot

by Mark E. Lasbury in The 'Scope

The new movie, Lucy, contends that we only use 10% of our brain. Interesting, and true if you interpret the statement in one particular way. The interesting thought experiment is a contemplation of what would happen to us if we did only use 10% of our brain and then learned to use 100%. We would probably starve and die of fever. Research studies show that increased mental activity can lead to increased brain temperature, so should we should be picking kids for the gifted/talented program by temp........ Read more »

Mrozek, S., Vardon, F., & Geeraerts, T. (2012) Brain Temperature: Physiology and Pathophysiology after Brain Injury. Anesthesiology Research and Practice, 1-13. DOI: 10.1155/2012/989487  

  • August 7, 2014
  • 06:58 AM

by dailyfusion in The Daily Fusion

Scientists at the University of St Andrews have discovered that offshore pipelines and wind turbines can provide new feeding opportunities for the wildlife population in the area.... Read more »

Russell, D., Brasseur, S., Thompson, D., Hastie, G., Janik, V., Aarts, G., McClintock, B., Matthiopoulos, J., Moss, S., & McConnell, B. (2014) Marine mammals trace anthropogenic structures at sea. Current Biology, 24(14). DOI: 10.1016/j.cub.2014.06.033  

  • August 7, 2014
  • 05:50 AM

Nature’s Magnifying Glass: Gravitational Lensing

by RAZ Rebecca A. Zarate in United Academics

Gravitational lensing is a clean probe of the Universe and has much to tell us about its two most mysterious components – dark matter and dark energy. This article explains what it is, what is can discover and what Sherlock Holmes has to do with it.... Read more »

Kenneth C. Wong, Kim-Vy H. Tran, Sherry H. Suyu, Ivelina G. Momcheva, Gabriel B. Brammer, Mark Brodwin, Anthony H. Gonzalez, Aleksi Halkola, Glenn G. Kacprzak, Anton M. Koekemoer.... (2014) Discovery of a Strong Lensing Galaxy Embedded in a Cluster at z . The Astrophysical Journal Letters vol. 789 . arXiv: 1405.3661v2

  • August 7, 2014
  • 03:42 AM

Vitamin D and schizophrenia meta-analysed

by Paul Whiteley in Questioning Answers

It's been a few weeks since I last talked about vitamin D on this blog and some finding or other talking about a deficiency of the stuff. Indeed, the last occasion was the publication of the Eva Kočovská study (see here) talking about issues with vitamin D being present across quite a few people on the autism spectrum, continuing a research trend (see here).So as to remedy this vitamin D blogging deficiency, today I'm talking about the systematic review and meta-analysis by Ghazaleh ........ Read more »

  • August 6, 2014
  • 07:14 PM

Wait before you stamp out your next cigarette! Scientists use cigarette filters in advanced energy storage materials

by Jonathan Trinastic in Goodnight Earth

Scientists in Seoul use cigarette filters as electrode materials in supercapacitors based on a simple pyrolytic carbonization process.... Read more »

  • August 6, 2014
  • 07:02 PM

EBOV-GP and antivirals: problems and possibilities

by thelonevirologist in Virology Tidbits

The characterisation of the viral entry mechanism of any virus allows to identify targets for antiviral drugs which can be used immediately following the (suspected or proven) exposure to the virus as well as preventing further spread of the infection within an infected person. This is especially important if treating viral diseases to which no vaccine is available or in situations where the goal is to contain a local epidemic or in the case of emerging viruses who only cause sporadic outbreaks ........ Read more »

Qiu X, Audet J, Wong G, Pillet S, Bello A, Cabral T, Strong JE, Plummer F, Corbett CR, Alimonti JB.... (2012) Successful treatment of ebola virus-infected cynomolgus macaques with monoclonal antibodies. Science translational medicine, 4(138). PMID: 22700957  

Suzuki, Y., & Gojobori, T. (1997) The origin and evolution of Ebola and Marburg viruses. Molecular Biology and Evolution, 14(8), 800-806. DOI: 10.1093/oxfordjournals.molbev.a025820  

Koehler JW, Smith JM, Ripoll DR, Spik KW, Taylor SL, Badger CV, Grant RJ, Ogg MM, Wallqvist A, Guttieri MC.... (2013) A fusion-inhibiting peptide against Rift Valley fever virus inhibits multiple, diverse viruses. PLoS neglected tropical diseases, 7(9). PMID: 24069485  

  • August 6, 2014
  • 05:59 PM

How a smartphone app can tell you if meat is tainted

by This Science is Crazy! in This Science Is Crazy!

US scientists develop a smartphone app that uses Mie scattering to estimate E. coli concentrations in ground beef samples... Read more »

  • August 6, 2014
  • 03:46 PM

Molecular Competition Drives Adult Stem Cells to Specialize

by beredim in Stem Cells Freak

All adult organisms ranging from fruit flies to humans harbor adult stem cells, some of which renew themselves through cell division while others differentiate into the specialized cells needed to replace worn-out or damaged organs and tissues.Understanding the molecular mechanisms that control the balance between self-renewal and differentiation in adult stem cells is an important foundation for developing therapies to regenerate diseased, injured or aged tissue.Now, in the latest issue of the ........ Read more »

  • August 6, 2014
  • 01:29 PM

Nerve Regeneration: Everyone does it, but you

by Gabriel in Lunatic Laboratories

Dogs do it, frogs do it, and even whales do it! No this isn’t everyone poops. I’m talking about regrowing nerves after an injury and sadly, we don’t do it… yet. […]... Read more »

  • August 6, 2014
  • 12:01 PM

Brain Striatum and Loss-Chasing in Gambling

by William Yates, M.D. in Brain Posts

Pathological gambling (PG) is a pattern of gambling characterized by loss of control and large gambling debts.The near-miss phenomenon in gambling is the gaming scenario where gamblers sense they were very close to winning.This near-miss phenomenon can be programmed into slot machines. For example, a gambler might be presented frequently with four cherries when five cherries would result in a huge payout.The response to the near-miss in PG is often a sense that a big win is just around the corne........ Read more »

  • August 6, 2014
  • 09:36 AM

Video Tip of the Week: Biodalliance browser with HiSeq X-Ten data

by Mary in OpenHelix

Drama surrounding the $1000 genome erupts every so often, and earlier this year when the HiSeq X Ten setup was unveiled there was a lot of chatter–and questions: Is the $1,000 genome for real? And some push-back on the cost analysis: That “$1000 genome” is going to cost you $72M. A piece that offers nice […]... Read more »

Dunham Ian, Shelley F. Aldred, Patrick J. Collins, Carrie A. Davis, Francis Doyle, Charles B. Epstein, Seth Frietze, Jennifer Harrow, Rajinder Kaul, & Jainab Khatun. (2012) An integrated encyclopedia of DNA elements in the human genome. Nature, 489(7414), 57-74. DOI:  

  • August 6, 2014
  • 09:24 AM

Learning more about the Chikungunya Virus

by socgenmicro in Microbe Post

Chikungunya, an emerging viral infection carried by mosquitoes, has been making headlines across the US over the past few weeks. But what is Chikungunya? How does it spread? Jon Fuhrmann investigates. The American Centre for Disease Control (CDC) first reported … Continue reading →... Read more »

Mahauad-Fernandez, W., Jones, P., & Okeoma, C. (2014) Critical role for BST-2 in acute Chikungunya virus infection. Journal of General Virology. DOI: 10.1099/vir.0.068643-0  

  • August 6, 2014
  • 08:30 AM

Is it Important to Attend Puppy Class?

by CAPB in Companion Animal Psychology Blog

Is a one-off puppy party a suitable alternative to a six-week puppy class? Research says you can’t skip the socialization if you want a well-rounded adult dog.Photo: Zuzule / ShutterstockA study by Ai Kutsumi et al (2013) of the Azabu University Graduate School of Veterinary Science compares four groups of dogs: those who attended a six-week puppy class, those who went to a one-hour puppy party, those who attended a six-week adult dog training class, and those who didn’t attend any pup........ Read more »

KUTSUMI, A., NAGASAWA, M., OHTA, M., & OHTANI, N. (2013) Importance of Puppy Training for Future Behavior of the Dog. Journal of Veterinary Medical Science, 75(2), 141-149. DOI: 10.1292/jvms.12-0008  

  • August 6, 2014
  • 08:15 AM

Fall Leaves And Orange Flamingos

by Mark Lasbury in As Many Exceptions As Rules

Flamingos are pink because of their diet, but greater and lesser flamingos eat different things – and neither food is pink. The spirulina food of the lesser flamingo is a cyanobacterium called Arthospira fusiformis. Unforunately, there have been large die offs in lesser flamingos. Recent research has shown that this may be due to toxic alga blooms and production of toxins even by A. fusiformis. In addition, a newer study has shown that a bacteriophage is responsible for large die offs of A........ Read more »

Anderson MJ, & Williams SA. (2010) Why do flamingos stand on one leg?. Zoo biology, 29(3), 365-74. PMID: 19637281  

Peduzzi P, Gruber M, Gruber M, Schagerl M. (2014) The virus's tooth: cyanophages affect an African flamingo population in a bottom-up cascade. ISME J. , 8(6), 1346-1351. info:/

  • August 6, 2014
  • 06:16 AM

Material Efficiently Traps Gases From Nuclear Fuel

by dailyfusion in The Daily Fusion

A new porous material called CC3 effectively traps radioactive krypton and xenon gases that are released when nuclear fuel is recycled.... Read more »

Chen, L., Reiss, P., Chong, S., Holden, D., Jelfs, K., Hasell, T., Little, M., Kewley, A., Briggs, M., Stephenson, A.... (2014) Separation of rare gases and chiral molecules by selective binding in porous organic cages. Nature Materials. DOI: 10.1038/nmat4035  

  • August 6, 2014
  • 04:40 AM

Welcome to the weird world of weight illusions

by BPS Research Digest in BPS Research Digest

Normally bigger objects weigh more; breaking this rule provokes illusory perceptionsVisual illusions are useful to psychologists because, by tricking the brain, they provide clues about how it works. The same is true for weight illusions, it's just that they're far less well known. Now Gavin Buckingham at Heriot-Watt University has published a handy review of weight illusions, and he explores some of the thinking about their likely causes.Among the most studied is known as the "size-weight illus........ Read more »

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