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Musings of an oft-bemused former laboratory post-doc.

Lee Turnpenny
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  • May 18, 2013
  • 02:10 PM
  • 369 views

‘Is ‘cloning’ mad, bad and dangerous?’ – an argument revisited

by Lee Turnpenny in The Mawk Moth Profligacies

Is 'cloning' appropriate terminology for somatic cell nuclear transfer derivation of human embryonic stem cells?... Read more »

Tachibana, M., Amato, P., Sparman, M., Gutierrez, N., Tippner-Hedges, R., Ma, H., Kang, E., Fulati, A., Lee, H., Sritanaudomchai, H.... (2013) Human Embryonic Stem Cells Derived by Somatic Cell Nuclear Transfer. Cell. DOI: 10.1016/j.cell.2013.05.006  

  • February 21, 2013
  • 01:21 PM
  • 408 views

‘What Doctors Don’t Tell You’ cites paper that demonstrates there is no such thing as homeopathy

by Lee Turnpenny in The Mawk Moth Profligacies

Does ‘What Doctors Don’t Tell You’ magazine, in an article entitled ‘Homeopathy is more than placebo’, inappropriately cite this paper?... Read more »

  • August 28, 2012
  • 07:32 PM
  • 612 views

Sex and the (self-)Pity

by Lee Turnpenny in The Mawk Moth Profligacies

Is the significant link between the rate of disease risk-associated de novo mutation and increased paternal age sufficient argument for young men to consider freeze-storing their sperm?... Read more »

Kong A, Frigge ML, Masson G, Besenbacher S, Sulem P, Magnusson G, Gudjonsson SA, Sigurdsson A, Jonasdottir A, Jonasdottir A.... (2012) Rate of de novo mutations and the importance of father's age to disease risk. Nature, 488(7412), 471-5. PMID: 22914163  

  • August 12, 2012
  • 02:37 PM
  • 537 views

Human embryonic (knowledge) germ(ination) cells

by Lee Turnpenny in The Mawk Moth Profligacies

On the acknowledged difficulties of deriving and culturing human embryonic germ cells, in light of some informative new data...... Read more »

  • April 19, 2012
  • 07:49 PM
  • 640 views

The fertile 'philosophy' of homeopathy

by Lee Turnpenny in The Mawk Moth Profligacies

On the marketing of homeopathy and its claimed effectiveness as treatment for infertility... Read more »

  • January 16, 2012
  • 06:30 PM
  • 597 views

Taking care with what you take in

by Lee Turnpenny in The Mawk Moth Profligacies

Processed meat, pancreatic cancer, epidemiology, The Observer... Read more »

  • October 7, 2011
  • 11:13 AM
  • 508 views

Scandal-less

by Lee Turnpenny in The Mawk Moth Profligacies

Commending science... and the reporting of it.... Read more »

Noggle S, Fung HL, Gore A, Martinez H, Satriani KC, Prosser R, Oum K, Paull D, Druckenmiller S, Freeby M.... (2011) Human oocytes reprogram somatic cells to a pluripotent state. Nature, 478(7367), 70-5. PMID: 21979046  

  • March 16, 2011
  • 09:01 AM
  • 1,162 views

'Strawberry Fields Forever'?

by Lee Turnpenny in The Mawk Moth Profligacies

Brazil, Botrytis cinerea, strawberry, strawberry gray mould, strawberry gray rot... Read more »

Moreira JS, Almeida RG, Tavares LS, Santos MO, Viccini LF, Vasconcelos IM, Oliveira JT, Raposo NR, Dias SC, & Franco OL. (2011) Identification of botryticidal proteins with similarity to NBS-LRR proteins in rosemary pepper (Lippia sidoides Cham.) flowers. The protein journal, 30(1), 32-8. PMID: 21210197  

  • April 13, 2009
  • 03:50 PM
  • 327 views

Dull

by Lee Turnpenny in The Mawk Moth Profligacies

Are modern scientists dull? If so, why?... Read more »

  • January 28, 2009
  • 01:20 PM
  • 372 views

sex, lies, and watergate

by Lee Turnpenny in The Mawk Moth Profligacies

Sex, theoretical biology, Frost/Nixon... Read more »

Seymour RM, & Sozou PD. (2009) Duration of courtship effort as a costly signal. Journal of theoretical biology, 256(1), 1-13. PMID: 18955065  

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