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  • March 23, 2014
  • 05:28 PM
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sequencing localized RNA in single cells by FISH

by Gal Haimovich in Green Fluorescent Blog

To celebrate the 2-year anniversary of this blog, lets talk about the new Science paper in which the authors claim to performs in situ single cell, single molecule  RNA sequencing. So what’s the big deal? Well, RNA sequencing (RNA-Seq) has become a … Continue reading →... Read more »

Lee JH, Daugharthy ER, Scheiman J, Kalhor R, Yang JL, Ferrante TC, Terry R, Jeanty SS, Li C, Amamoto R.... (2014) Highly multiplexed subcellular RNA sequencing in situ. Science (New York, N.Y.), 343(6177), 1360-3. PMID: 24578530  

  • March 23, 2014
  • 04:40 PM
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Why do we sleep?

by in Neuroscientifically Challenged

Why do we sleep? Sleep is an activity that takes up about 1/3 of our lives, so you would probably guess that neuroscience has a clear answer to why we do it, right? Wrong. The fundamental reason behind why we sleep is still shrouded in mystery. We know that we have to sleep (without it we would die). But we still don't know what its physiological function is.There are a variety of hypotheses about why we sleep that have garnered some support. For example, sleep may have evolved in order to help ........ Read more »

  • March 23, 2014
  • 02:30 PM
  • 118 views

Nanopillars of nanotubes! A novel method to drastically improve charge transport in hybrid nanotube devices

by Jonathan Trinastic in Goodnight Earth

A new article demonstrates a method to drastically increase the conductivity of hybrd CNT-polymer devices using nano-engineering!... Read more »

  • March 23, 2014
  • 09:07 AM
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For the Health of It: Disentangling “Healthy Eating” and “Orthorexia”

by Andrea in Science of Eating Disorders


When is “healthy eating” not so healthy? The line between “normal” and “pathological” eating behaviours is blurry, to say the least. For some time, researchers have been attempting to define a “new” category of eating disorders: orthorexia. This category would capture “obsessions” with “healthy eating” that are (presumably) not already captured in current diagnostic criteria for eating disorders.
If you’ve been reading my posts for a while, you might already know ........ Read more »

Koven, N.S., & Senbonmatsu, R. (2013) A neuropsychological evaluation of orthorexia nervosa. Open Journal of Psychiatry, 214-222. info:/10.4236/ojpsych.2013.32019

  • March 23, 2014
  • 04:56 AM
  • 110 views

Invisible Cure For TBI: Good News For NFL And US Army?

by Harsha Radhakrishnan in United Academics

In a recent review in Nature Reviews Neurology, Sharp et al. have discussed the possibility of using network level analysis to further understand effects of TBI and hopefully develop treatment methods.... Read more »

Sharp, D., Scott, G., & Leech, R. (2014) Network dysfunction after traumatic brain injury. Nature Reviews Neurology, 10(3), 156-166. DOI: 10.1038/nrneurol.2014.15  

  • March 22, 2014
  • 11:00 AM
  • 58 views

CIVIL WAR IN THE BODY: AUTOIMMUNE DISEASE

by Robb Hollis in Antisense Science

Allergic to something? Many of us are. Whether it’s itchy earlobes from those not-so-expensive earrings from a not-so-missed ex-boyfriend, or wheeziness during the hayfever season, allergies can be a pain! But we can usually just get round it by avoiding what we’re allergic to, right? (or in case of hayfever, just taking some anti-histamines?).
But what if you’re allergic to yourself?
This is the basis of autoimmune diseases.

Quite simply, an autoimmune disease arises from........ Read more »

  • March 22, 2014
  • 08:31 AM
  • 111 views

Alternative Medicine Revealed as Possible IVF Improvement

by Patricia Pedro in United Academics

Are you having problems getting pregnant? Have you made several attempts on in vitro fertilization (IVF) without success? Then Complementary and Alternative Medicine might be able to do something for you. A review article has now gathered a bunch of information available on the subject.... Read more »

  • March 22, 2014
  • 07:03 AM
  • 130 views

Fairness instinct trumps economic expectations on climate costs

by Andy Extance in Simple Climate

Students taking the role of rich countries in climate negotiation games make generous offers to pay towards the cost of cutting greenhouse gas emissions on fairness grounds, finds Robert Gampfer from ETH Zurich, who suggests that governments doing the same might get popular support. ... Read more »

  • March 22, 2014
  • 06:59 AM
  • 134 views

The Explosive Brain

by Neuroskeptic in Neuroskeptic_Discover

A few months ago, I blogged about The Hydraulic Brain – an unorthodox theory which proposed that brain function is not electrical, but mechanical. On this view, neuroscientists have it all wrong, because nerve impulses are in fact physical waves of pressure that travel down neurons as if the brain were made up of billions […]The post The Explosive Brain appeared first on Neuroskeptic.... Read more »

  • March 22, 2014
  • 06:44 AM
  • 148 views

Induction of human embryonic and induced pluripotent stem cells into bladder cells

by beredim in Stem Cells Freak

Eric KurzrockCreditFor the first time, researchers have managed to coax laboratory cultures of human stem cells to develop into the specialized, unique bladder cells requred to fix a patient's defective or diseased bladder.This breakthrough, developed at the UC Davis Institute for Regenerative Cures and published today in the scientific journal Stem Cells Translational Medicine, is of great importance as it provides a pathway to regenerate replacement bladder tissue for patients whose bladde........ Read more »

Osborn, S., Thangappan, R., Luria, A., Lee, J., Nolta, J., & Kurzrock, E. (2014) Induction of Human Embryonic and Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells Into Urothelium. Stem Cells Translational Medicine. DOI: 10.5966/sctm.2013-0131  

  • March 22, 2014
  • 06:13 AM
  • 96 views

Research identifies source of hematopoietic stem cells

by beredim in Stem Cells Freak

Matthew InlayHematopoietic stem cells (HSCs) are routinely used to treat patients with cancers and other disorders of the blood and immune system, but researchers know little about the progenitor cells that give rise to them during embryonic development.In a study appearing in Stem Cell Reports, Matthew Inlay of the Sue & Bill Gross Stem Cell Research Center, and faculty member of the Department of Molecular Biology and Biochemistry, and Stanford University colleagues created novel cell assa........ Read more »

  • March 21, 2014
  • 06:52 PM
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Influenza and the Great War: a contribution to the centenary of the Great War

by thelonevirologist in Virology Tidbits

This year marks the centenary of the beginning of the Great War -or outside of Great Britain more commonly known as World War 1 - so I think it is time to look at a chapter of the war often neglected. Instead of focusing on the beginning of the war, I would like to draw attention to the end of the war in 1918 – in particular on Germany whose defeat in 1918 coincided with the Influenza epidemic.The influenza epidemic of 1918/1919 became widely known as the “Spanish Influenza”, a title misle........ Read more »

Oxford JS, Sefton A, Jackson R, Innes W, Daniels RS, & Johnson NP. (2002) World War I may have allowed the emergence of "Spanish" influenza. The Lancet infectious diseases, 2(2), 111-4. PMID: 11901642  

Erkoreka A. (2009) Origins of the Spanish Influenza pandemic (1918-1920) and its relation to the First World War. Journal of molecular and genetic medicine : an international journal of biomedical research, 3(2), 190-4. PMID: 20076789  

  • March 21, 2014
  • 01:45 PM
  • 61 views

What’s the Value of a Dollar? It Depends on How You Perceive Numbers

by amikulak in Daily Observations

When it comes to how we value money, all dollars (or Euros or yen or pesos) are not created equal. If someone gives you three dollar bills and then offers […]... Read more »

  • March 21, 2014
  • 09:46 AM
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I carry my son's DNA: a look at microchimerism and its effects

by EE Giorgi in CHIMERAS

To celebrate the upcoming release of my detective thriller CHIMERAS, the next few Research Blogging posts will be dedicated to the different forms of chimerism. I'm sure you are all familiar with dispermic chimeras, which occur when two fertilized eggs fuse together shortly after conception. The result is one individual with two sets of genetically distinct cells. Have you ever heard of microchimerism, though?"Microchimerism refers to a small number of cells (or DNA) harbored by one individual t........ Read more »

Gammill HS, & Nelson JL. (2010) Naturally acquired microchimerism. The International journal of developmental biology, 54(2-3), 531-43. PMID: 19924635  

  • March 21, 2014
  • 09:44 AM
  • 129 views

New Processing Method Makes LEDs Brighter, More Stable

by dailyfusion in The Daily Fusion

Researchers from North Carolina State University have developed a new processing technique that makes light emitting diodes (LEDs) brighter and more resilient by coating the semiconductor material gallium nitride (GaN) with a layer of phosphonic acid derivatives.... Read more »

  • March 21, 2014
  • 09:39 AM
  • 132 views

Humans Made Conchs Shrink (And One Kid Saw It Coming)

by Elizabeth Preston in Inkfish

The classic, swirling shell of a conch helps protect it from hungry birds and sea creatures, but when a human decides to pluck one from shallow water and boil it for supper, there’s not much the animal can do. Its only defense is to evolve, as a species, to be smaller and less appealing to […]The post Humans Made Conchs Shrink (And One Kid Saw It Coming) appeared first on Inkfish.... Read more »

O'Dea, A., Shaffer, M., Doughty, D., Wake, T., & Rodriguez, F. (2014) Evidence of size-selective evolution in the fighting conch from prehistoric subsistence harvesting. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 281(1782), 20140159-20140159. DOI: 10.1098/rspb.2014.0159  

  • March 21, 2014
  • 08:11 AM
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Breakthrough Stem Cell Study Faces Retraction

by Elisabeth Buhl Thubron in United Academics

Recent Japenese research published in the magazine Nature has brought a breakthrough for Stem cell research. This could have changed science forever. ... Read more »

Obokata, H., Wakayama, T., Sasai, Y., Kojima, K., Vacanti, M., Niwa, H., Yamato, M., & Vacanti, C. (2014) Stimulus-triggered fate conversion of somatic cells into pluripotency. Nature, 505(7485), 641-647. DOI: 10.1038/nature12968  

Obokata H, Sasai Y, Niwa H, Kadota M, Andrabi M, Takata N, Tokoro M, Terashita Y, Yonemura S, Vacanti CA.... (2014) Bidirectional developmental potential in reprogrammed cells with acquired pluripotency. Nature, 505(7485), 676-80. PMID: 24476891  

  • March 21, 2014
  • 08:11 AM
  • 92 views

Breakthrough Stem Cell Study Faces Retraction

by Elisabeth Buhl Thubron in United Academics

Recent Japenese research published in the magazine Nature has brought a breakthrough for Stem cell research. This could have changed science forever. ... Read more »

Obokata, H., Wakayama, T., Sasai, Y., Kojima, K., Vacanti, M., Niwa, H., Yamato, M., & Vacanti, C. (2014) Stimulus-triggered fate conversion of somatic cells into pluripotency. Nature, 505(7485), 641-647. DOI: 10.1038/nature12968  

Obokata H, Sasai Y, Niwa H, Kadota M, Andrabi M, Takata N, Tokoro M, Terashita Y, Yonemura S, Vacanti CA.... (2014) Bidirectional developmental potential in reprogrammed cells with acquired pluripotency. Nature, 505(7485), 676-80. PMID: 24476891  

  • March 21, 2014
  • 07:52 AM
  • 118 views

Friday Fellow: Quindio Wax Palm

by Piter Boll in Earthling Nature

by Piter Kehoma Boll So our Friday Fellow is back! After almost a year… but it is! To restart this section, I decided to talk about an interesting plant which can be found in the region where the mysterious Leimacopsis terricola … Continue reading →... Read more »

Bernal, R., & Sanín, M. J. (2013) Los palmares de Ceroxylon quindiuense (Arecaceae) en el Valle de Cocora, Quindío: perspectivas de un ícono escénico de Colombia. Colombia Florestal, 16(1), 67-79. info:/

  • March 21, 2014
  • 07:02 AM
  • 116 views

Simple Jury Persuasion: Women can keep the vote after all…

by Doug Keene in The Jury Room

You may recall the story posted on CNN in late 2012 about how women vote differently based on hormonal fluctuations. Unfortunately, because of how our brains work (and our attraction to outrageous stories, true or not), you may not recall that CNN removed the story in 7 hours due to internet backlash over an article […]

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