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  • February 21, 2014
  • 05:20 PM
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EXPERIMENTAL TECHNIQUES EXPLAINED: GENE SOE PCR.

by Ryan Sweet in Antisense Science

Sewing just got scientific. Buckle up.
Gene SOE is a laboratory technique used to ‘stitch’ two pieces of DNA together; why is it spelt ‘SOE’ I hear you cry? That can be your homework. It’s a mystery to me. What I do know is that this technique has been around since the 80’s and is useful for deleting/fusing two DNA fragments together to produce truncated (that means ‘shortened’) proteins and/or two proteins fused together. That’s all very n........ Read more »

  • February 20, 2014
  • 04:54 PM
  • 306 views

The Changing Face of Science: Part Two

by Rebecca Schwarzlose in Garden of the Mind

How are social media and the Internet changing the way science is done? And what does that have to do with a dancing cockatoo?... Read more »

Patel, Aniruddh D., Iversen, John R., Bregman, Micah R., & Schulz, Irena. (2009) Experimental Evidence for Synchronization to a Musical Beat in a Nonhuman Animal. Current Biology, 19(10), 827-830. DOI: 10.1016/j.cub.2009.03.038  

  • February 20, 2014
  • 04:35 PM
  • 370 views

The Importance of a Friend

by Alexis Delanoir in How to Paint Your Panda

A post exploring the psychological and medical benefits of having strong social relationships. Meta-analysis and further studies show that beyond the obvious psychological benefits of having friends, strong social relationships also confer longevity and increased likelihood of survival in situations of risked mortality.... Read more »

  • February 20, 2014
  • 08:00 AM
  • 565 views

Growing Skepticism about the Stem Cell Acid Trip

by Jalees Rehman in The Next Regeneration

In January 2014, the two papers “Stimulus-triggered fate conversion of somatic cells into pluripotency” and “Bidirectional developmental potential in reprogrammed cells with acquired pluripotency” published in the journal Nature by Haruko Obokata and colleagues took the world of stem cell research by surprise.... Read more »

Obokata H, Wakayama T, Sasai Y, Kojima K, Vacanti MP, Niwa H, Yamato M, & Vacanti CA. (2014) Stimulus-triggered fate conversion of somatic cells into pluripotency. Nature, 505(7485), 641-7. PMID: 24476887  

  • February 18, 2014
  • 07:32 AM
  • 387 views

Can bonobos synchronize to the beat?

by Henkjan Honing in Music Matters

Today the Daily Mail reports on an exciting new finding: Patricia Gray (University of North Carolina in Greensboro) and Ed Large (University of Connecticut) claim to have shown that bonobo's can synchronise to a beat.
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  • February 15, 2014
  • 06:47 PM
  • 430 views

Gene Variant May Affect Intellectual Ability in Adolescents

by Alexis Delanoir in How to Paint Your Panda

4 days ago a study was released entitled "Single nucleotide polymorphism in the neuroplastin locus associates with cortical thickness and intellectual ability in adolescents." The study was conducted by Desrivières and a team of 36 other researches along with the IMAGEN Consortium, published in the Journal of Molecular Psychiatry. This post discusses the findings and implications of the study.... Read more »

  • February 14, 2014
  • 08:11 AM
  • 489 views

Is It Possible To Have Excess Weight And Still Be Healthy?

by Jalees Rehman in The Next Regeneration

Is it possible to be overweight or obese and still be considered healthy? Most physicians advise their patients who are overweight or obese to lose weight because excess weight is a known risk factor for severe chronic diseases such as diabetes, high blood pressure or cardiovascular disease. However, in recent years, a controversy has arisen regarding the actual impact of increased weight on an individual’s life expectancy or risk of suffering from heart attacks. Some researchers argue tha........ Read more »

  • February 12, 2014
  • 07:47 PM
  • 460 views

Scientific Approaches to Enriching the Lives of Sanctuary Wolves and Wolf-Dog “Hybrids”

by Cobb & Hecht in Do You Believe In Dog?

Hi Julie and Mia, I wanted to update you on some unique but exciting research that I conducted while working toward my Ph.D. at the University of Florida’s Canine Cognition and Behavior Lab. This particular research focuses on the welfare of wolves and wolf-dog “hybrids” in private sanctuaries.The common use of the term “hybrid” is perhaps the first indication of how poorly we understand these animals. The term “hybrid” is technically inaccurate – as wolves and domestic dogs are ........ Read more »

  • February 12, 2014
  • 05:00 AM
  • 151 views

Research Blogging——学術研究の業績をブログで広めるためのプラットフォーム

by Yuichiro in The Midnight Seminar

Research Bloggingについてまとめた論文を紹介するとともに,Research Bloggingがどのような仕組みであるかを説明し,日本でも需要があり得るサービスであることを指摘.... Read more »

Fausto S, Machado FA, Bento LF, Iamarino A, Nahas TR, & Munger DS. (2012) Research blogging: indexing and registering the change in science 2.0. PloS one, 7(12). PMID: 23251358  

  • February 8, 2014
  • 12:06 PM
  • 393 views

The Impact of TED Talks

by Hadas Shema in Information Culture

With over a billion views, TED (Technology, Entertainment, and Design) talks are a huge business. There are two main TED conferences a year – the TED conference and the TEDGlobal, and a large number...

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  • February 6, 2014
  • 01:45 PM
  • 360 views

Why blogging about research matters more than evah!

by Ragothamanyennamalli in Getting to know Structural Bioinformatics

ResearchBlogging.orgTwo nature news articles make this post. The first one is titled “Scientists may be reading a peak in reading habits”. Read the full news here. With the widespread reading turning towards online rather than the good old library hunting, this is not a shocker. The average time spent on reading is half an hour per article. ... Read more »

  • February 5, 2014
  • 03:06 PM
  • 142 views

Emerging Influenza Viruses

by thelonevirologist in Virology Tidbits

Frequently media outlets are reporting the identification of a novel strain of Influenza and in recents years this includes the identification of novel strains of avian influenza. More often than not, novel strains are identified because they have shown to cause severe disease in humans infected. Following the conformation of a human case of Influenza A H7N9 in January of this year -and subsequent culling of chicken in Hongkong and a ban of poultry exports-, the Financial Times reported the........ Read more »

  • February 5, 2014
  • 12:00 PM
  • 239 views

Resolving New Memories: Adult Neurogenesis

by knowingneurons in Knowing Neurons

When I was young, my family lived in an old farmhouse.  It was cozy and had a lot of character but, at over 150 years old, it showed its age. […]... Read more »

Eriksson Peter S., Perfilieva Ekaterina, Björk-Eriksson Thomas, Alborn Ann-Marie, Nordborg Claes, Peterson Daniel A., & Gage Fred H. (1998) Neurogenesis in the adult human hippocampus. Nature Medicine, 4(11), 1313-1317. DOI: 10.1038/3305  

Nakashiba Toshiaki, Cushman Jesse D., Pelkey Kenneth A., Renaudineau Sophie, Buhl Derek L., McHugh Thomas J., Barrera Vanessa Rodriguez, Chittajallu Ramesh, Iwamoto Keisuke S., & McBain Chris J. (2012) Young Dentate Granule Cells Mediate Pattern Separation, whereas Old Granule Cells Facilitate Pattern Completion. Cell, 149(1), 188-201. DOI: 10.1016/j.cell.2012.01.046  

  • February 4, 2014
  • 06:50 AM
  • 437 views

Stereotypical dogs: repetitive and pointless?

by Cobb & Hecht in Do You Believe In Dog?

"I'm a labrador" does not = "I'm hungry" (source)Hey Julie,it's great to get an updated view of what's on the canine science cards for you in 2014 - looks like we're both going to be keeping busy - and wouldn't have it any other way!I can't believe we're already into February, to be honest. There are so many great new publications coming out, it's quite exciting to be able to share them with you here! You know I'm always thinking about the welfare of kennelled dogs (because PhD!) and I noticed a........ Read more »

  • February 1, 2014
  • 02:32 PM
  • 342 views

EXPERIMENTAL TECHNIQUES EXPLAINED: THIN LAYER CHROMATOGRAPHY (TLC)

by Ryan Sweet in Antisense Science

Thin layer chromatography, or TLC, is a technique used for the separation and analysis of molecules in a sample (Note- NOT DNA!). It can be used on amino acids1, although in my lab it has been used to analyze the degradation (or lack of!) of large polymeric sugars by whole metabolically inactivated cells or by simple enzymes. Because of this, I’ll be focusing on the analysis of saccharides (sugars).

So far, good stuff! But! How does it work, and what the HELL do these results mean!?!... Read more »

Bhawani SA, Albishri HM, Khan ZA, Mohamad Ibrahim MN, & Mohammad A. (2013) Surfactant Modified/Mediated Thin-Layer Chromatographic Systems for the Analysis of Amino Acids. Journal of analytical methods in chemistry, 973280. PMID: 24455427  

  • February 1, 2014
  • 10:40 AM
  • 311 views

Medical Journal Apologizes “For The Distress Caused” By A Paper

by Neuroskeptic in Neuroskeptic_Discover

Anaesthesia and Intensive Care (AIC) is an Australian medical journal. The latest issue, just published online, contains a remarkable – and possibly even unique – pair of Letters. These letters take the form of apologies for the distress caused by the publication of an article – I do not know of any similar cases in […]The post Medical Journal Apologizes “For The Distress Caused” By A Paper appeared first on Neuroskeptic.... Read more »

  • January 30, 2014
  • 01:44 PM
  • 190 views

"Lewontin's Fallacy" and Race

by Alexis Delanoir in How to Paint Your Panda

Race is a hotly debated topic in both the sciences and politics. One contended issue is whether or not race, as a human classification, exists at a biological level. Richard Lewontin in 1972 argued that it is not so, but one famous paper by AWF Edwards contested his conclusions. So was Lewontin right? This post examines the arguments on both sides and comes to the conclusion, in the author's opinion, that race is not a valuable taxonomy for humans.... Read more »

Rosenberg, NA. (2002) Genetic structure of human populations. Science. info:/

  • January 29, 2014
  • 05:13 PM
  • 237 views

Why do we need one?

by Olga Vovk in Milchstraße

I am often questions, like “What are you doing as a science writer?”, “Why do we need one?” or “Why our scientist cannot do the job?”... Read more »

  • January 29, 2014
  • 12:04 PM
  • 210 views

The direction a dog’s tail wags says what it’s thinking

by Stuart Farrimond in Guru: Science Blog

In show business, they say that you should never work with animals or small children. The reasons are obvious: they are both unpredictable and you never know exactly what they are thinking. Children grow up and learn to communicate via […]The post The direction a dog’s tail wags says what it’s thinking appeared first on Guru Magazine.... Read more »

  • January 24, 2014
  • 07:26 PM
  • 261 views

Exciting Science: Oncolytic Viruses (Review published in PLOS Pathogens)

by Kausik Datta in In Scientio Veritas

Science is awesome. But I expect you already knew that, dear readers o'mine. In science laboratories across the world, every day dedicated researchers are testing ideas, generating and evaluating hypotheses, critically analyzing observations, and thereby, making significant contribution to the humanity's attempts to understand in greater depth and detail the wonderful natural world that surrounds us, of which we, along with other living beings and non-living objects, form a part. Ho hum, you say........ Read more »

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