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  • February 8, 2011
  • 04:07 AM

Health care costs and ancestry

by Razib Khan in Gene Expression

If you are an engaged patient who has been prescribed medication I assume you’ve done your due diligence and double-checked your doctor’s recommendations (no, unfortunately an M.D. does not mean that an individual is omniscient). Several times when I’ve been prescribed a medication I have seen a note about different recommended dosages by race when I did further research. Because of my own personal background I am curious when it says “Asian.” The problem with this........ Read more »

Yang JJ, Cheng C, Devidas M, Cao X, Fan Y, Campana D, Yang W, Neale G, Cox NJ, Scheet P.... (2011) Ancestry and pharmacogenomics of relapse in acute lymphoblastic leukemia. Nature genetics. PMID: 21297632  

  • February 8, 2011
  • 02:15 AM

Anatomical Wax Models: Craft of Art?

by Dr Shock in Dr Shock MD PhD

The use of wax for the reproduction of organs or parts of the human body started of at the end of the 17th century. A Sicilian wax artist, Gaetano Giulio Zumbo, and a French surgeon Guillaume Desnoues worked together in making the first realistic anatomical models from colored wax.
Gaetano Giulio Zumbo produced four highly realistic [...]

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  • February 7, 2011
  • 11:44 PM

Super Bowl weight damage – are temporary indulgences ok?

by Colby in

Last night my Green Bay Packers won Super Bowl 45 (woo!).  Like many people in Wisconsin and throughout the country, I was watching the game with friends, surrounded by lots of food and drink.  I can’t imagine most people are … Continue reading →... Read more »

Ohlrich H, Leon JB, Zimmerer J, & Sehgal AR. (2006) The impact of Super Bowl parties on nutritional parameters among hemodialysis patients. Journal of renal nutrition : the official journal of the Council on Renal Nutrition of the National Kidney Foundation, 16(1), 63-6. PMID: 16414444  

  • February 7, 2011
  • 09:25 PM

Choice vs Gender Discrimination in Math-Intensive Science

by Michael Long in Phased

Choice, not direct discrimination, explains the current low representation of women in tenure-track, math-intensive, research-based faculty positions.... Read more »

Stephen J. Ceci, & Wendy M. Williams. (2011) Understanding current causes of women’s underrepresentation in science. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. info:/10.1073/pnas.1014871108

  • February 7, 2011
  • 08:58 PM

Codex of all Codecies | Knowing, Part 2

by Michael Lombardi in a New Life in the Sea

In continuing this review and analysis of the film 'Knowing', we must absolutely address the numeric sequence which was obsessively scribed by the character Lucinda Embry. The sheet of paper containing several hundred seemingly random digits was placed into an elementary school's 'time capsule' to be opened some 50 years later. Upon opening and rediscovery of this number sequence, we are taken on a thrilling journey to unlock the secrets embedded in this sequence of digits - which as i........ Read more »

  • February 7, 2011
  • 07:36 PM

Better Cheese with Machines

by FrauTech in Design. Build. Play.

Who would have known something so innocuous as cheese would be breaking so many boundaries. I talked last year about the cheese wheel that went into space. Now some research in the Journal of Food Engineering offers some methods for measuring cheese composition. You know an article that begins The cheese industry demands... is going to be good. I picture them to be a 1950s-esque men in black kind of organization setting the requirements for cheese. But food composition is serious business, after........ Read more »

Telis-Romero, J., Váquiro, H., Bon, J., & Benedito, J. (2011) Ultrasonic assessment of fresh cheese composition. Journal of Food Engineering, 103(2), 137-146. DOI: 10.1016/j.jfoodeng.2010.10.008  

  • February 7, 2011
  • 03:57 PM

Have Something Important to Remember? Sleep On It

by Alex in ionpsych

Students often hear that they should get a good night’s sleep before a test.  Even if you load up on coffee and Red Bull to study all night you’ll be wired and stressed, and that certainly isn’t going to help.  … Continue reading →... Read more »

Wilhelm, I., Diekelmann, S., Molzow, I., Ayoub, A., Molle, M., & Born, J. (2011) Sleep Selectively Enhances Memory Expected to Be of Future Relevance. Journal of Neuroscience, 31(5), 1563-1569. DOI: 10.1523/JNEUROSCI.3575-10.2011  

  • February 7, 2011
  • 02:23 PM

Can one have pain and not know it?

by Lorimer Moseley in BodyInMind

By Flavia Di Pietro I think about this a lot.  It leads me to ponder the distinction between pain and nociception.  We found a chapter on exactly this in a great book we are slowly reviewing at BiM – The Science of Pain.  The chapter’s title grabbed me: Conciousness and Pain.  It’s really got me [...]... Read more »

[1] Merksey, H. (1986) Pain terms: a current list with definitions and notes on usage. Pain Suppl. 3 S215-S221. info:/

  • February 7, 2011
  • 01:30 PM

How can I know if I have cataracts and its severity?

by Pablo Artal in Optics confidential

Lear about a new optical method to detect and grade cataract... and more... Read more »

  • February 7, 2011
  • 01:13 PM

Review: Children Interpret a Comic

by Neil Cohn in The Visual Linguist

This insightful article examines children’s understandings of comic books over time using a Western comic A Gunman in Town!. The study looked at ten children in each of 3rd, 5th, and 8th grade, balanced for gender and race with diverse socio-economic status. They were shown each frame individually and asked its contents following each panel. This might not have hugely hampered the sequential understanding though, since the panels seem largely dominated by text.All the children recognized broad........ Read more »

Pallenik, M. (1976) A Gunman in Town! Children Interpret a Comic Book. Studies in the Anthropology of Visual Communication, 3(1), 38-51. DOI: 10.1525/var.1976.3.1.38  

  • February 7, 2011
  • 12:56 PM

Mixing it up for organic tomatoes

by Jeremy in Agricultural Biodiversity Weblog

The many benefits of growing a mixture of crop varieties together have now been demonstrated for many crops under many conditions. Latest entry is in a kind of specialised niche — organic tomatoes for processing — and the results are a little underwhelming. Three scientists at the University of California, Davis, grew one, three or [...]... Read more »

  • February 7, 2011
  • 12:38 PM

The Personalized Medicine Bargain

by Rob Mitchum in ScienceLife

The future of medicine, we are told time and time again, is genetic and personalized. Someday, physicians will call up the genetic code of a patient and determine their genetic risks and which treatments will work most effectively with the fewest side effects. That information can be organized into individual, unique medical plans for each [...]... Read more »

  • February 7, 2011
  • 12:26 PM

Messing with the minds of embryonic cuttlefish…

by Dr. Carin Bondar in Dr. Carin Bondar - Biologist With a Twist

an exploration into connections between the sensory modalities of a marine predator.
Cephalopods are known as the ‘charismatic megafauna’ of the invertebrate world. We humans are generally fascinated by their stealth, their ability to camouflage, and their massive brains. The physical form of cephalopods is so different from our own that we find them [...]... Read more »

  • February 7, 2011
  • 10:54 AM

Adopt Your Scientific Testimony to Jurors' Skeptical Ears

by Persuasion Strategies in Persuasive Litigator

By: Dr. Ken Broda-Bahm - In his recent State of the Union address, President Obama followed the common pattern of giving attention and applause lines to nearly every issue on the national agenda. But there was one issue that received no mention at all: climate change. The absence, noted by many commentators, extended even to areas where it would have been natural to mention the environment. The President's "clean energy" initiative, for example, was touted based on its ability to create jobs and........ Read more »

William R. L. Anderegga, James W. Prallb, Jacob Haroldc, and Stephen H. Schneidera. (2010) Expert credibility in climate change. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America. info:/

  • February 7, 2011
  • 10:46 AM

Masiakasaurus Gets a Few Touch-Ups

by Brian Switek in Dinosaur Tracking

Masiakasaurus was a weird-looking dinosaur. The paper that first described it was titled “A bizarre predatory dinosaur from the Late Cretaceous of Madagascar.” What made it so strange were its teeth. At the front of its lower jaw, this six-foot theropod had forward-tilted teeth much different from those of its larger cousin Majungasaurus, which lived [...]... Read more »

Carrano, M.T., Loewen, M.A., and Sertich, J.J.W. (2011) New Materials of Masiakasaurus knopfleri Sampson, Carrano, and Forster, 2001, and Implications for the Morphology of the Noasauridae (Theropoda: Ceratosauria). Smithsonian Contributions to Paleobiology, 1-54. info:/

  • February 7, 2011
  • 10:27 AM

Case Study: Stress Testing Supply Chains

by Daniel Dumke in SCRM Blog - Supply Chain Risk Management

Stress tests are an acknowledged method to test systems under extreme conditions. The method is not only used in engineering (eg. Great picture of a Boing wing stress test (Guardian Eyewitness)), but also in business, most notably and in the banking industry. But can this method also be used to test supply chain designs?

Method / Case Study
There is limited literature on using simulation to evaluate supply chains under stress. The authors took the following approach: Determining the scope ........ Read more »

Jain, Sanjay, & Leong, Swee. (2005) Stress Testing a Supply Chain Using Simulation. Proceedings of the 2005 Winter Simulation Conference, 1650-1657. info:/

  • February 7, 2011
  • 09:00 AM

Less Is More: Sequencing on the Benchtop

by Daniel Koboldt in Massgenomics

The arms race of sequencing has always been about throughput. The big players (Illumina and Life Tech technologies) have engaged in a continual game of one-upmanship over the last few years. As a result, we’ve seen yields skyrocket to from 10 gigabases per run to the current and outrageous 180-200 gb on the HiSeq. Good [...]... Read more »

Zhao J, & Grant SF. (2010) Advances in Whole Genome Sequencing Technology. Current pharmaceutical biotechnology. PMID: 21050163  

  • February 7, 2011
  • 08:17 AM

Molecular subsets in lung cancer

by Sally Church in Pharma Strategy Blog

Over the last couple of years, our knowledge and understanding of non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) has improved as mutations and translocations that drive tumour growth and survival have been identified. # Unfortunately, while we have many new targeted agents … Continue reading →
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Lovly, C., & Carbone, D. (2011) Lung cancer in 2010: One size does not fit all. Nature Reviews Clinical Oncology, 8(2), 68-70. DOI: 10.1038/nrclinonc.2010.224  

  • February 7, 2011
  • 07:02 AM

Does your capital client “look deathworthy”?

by Doug Keene in The Jury Room

If your client is African American, jurors will demonstrate to you that the answer is much more likely to be yes. And the more stereotypically black (with darker skin and wider nose)—the more likely the death penalty will be assigned. Hard to stomach? Yes. Hard to believe? We didn’t think so. But it is pretty [...]

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Eberhardt JL, Davies PG, Purdie-Vaughns VJ, & Johnson SL. (2006) Looking deathworthy: perceived stereotypicality of Black defendants predicts capital-sentencing outcomes. Psychological science : a journal of the American Psychological Society / APS, 17(5), 383-6. PMID: 16683924  

  • February 7, 2011
  • 07:00 AM

February 7, 2011

by Erin Campbell in HighMag Blog

Cancer is not a disease…it is many many diseases. Some cancers come about gradually, while others can occur from a single catastrophic cellular event, according to a recent paper.... Read more »

Stephens, P., Greenman, C., Fu, B., Yang, F., Bignell, G., Mudie, L., Pleasance, E., Lau, K., Beare, D., & Stebbings, L. (2011) Massive Genomic Rearrangement Acquired in a Single Catastrophic Event during Cancer Development. Cell, 144(1), 27-40. DOI: 10.1016/j.cell.2010.11.055  

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