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  • May 24, 2010
  • 07:45 AM
  • 886 views

Look Mom…Molecular Biologists On TV

by avi_wener in American Biotechnologist

As scientists we are “naturally obsessed.” We have a need to find the answer and can’t stop working until we get it. So how do we find the time to watch this one hour dramatic story by Richard and Carole Rifkind about life in a molecular biology lab? Although there are many health related stories [...]... Read more »

  • May 24, 2010
  • 07:18 AM
  • 550 views

Proteomics Refined

by aviwener in Canadian Biotechnologist 2.0

As a proteomics fan in general and a 2D Gel Electrophoresis fan specifically, I have been following the Ludesi Blog which I have found to be a resource rich in 2D information including a knowledgebase, webinars and an great tool that pulls together all proteomics related tweets from twitter. For those of you who are [...]... Read more »

  • May 24, 2010
  • 06:00 AM
  • 833 views

Experts give tricks of the trade on tallgrass prairie restoration

by Rob Goldstein in Conservation Maven

"A common problem in conservation is that the wealth of experience and knowledge that practitioners gain over time is not well aggregated and shared." This is the sentiment that motivated Helen Rowe from Purdue University to interview 38 experienced tallgrass prairie managers about what they have learned from conducting ecosystem restoration on their preserves...... Read more »

Helen I. Rowe. (2010) Tricks of the Trade: Techniques and Opinions from 38 Experts in Tallgrass Prairie Restoration. Restoration Ecology. info:/10.1111/j.1526-100X.2010.00663.x

  • May 24, 2010
  • 12:51 AM
  • 951 views

On Washing your Fruit: ADHD and Pesticides

by Evil Monkey in Neurotopia

Sci was a little startled recently when she saw "the latest study" on ADHD splashed across the frontpage of Yahoo. You can see it here on Reuters.

PESTICIDES TIED TO ADHD.


(Run for the hills, indeed. Or maybe run AWAY from the hills, since they might have pesticides)

However, the story broke a good TWO DAYS in advance of the paper actually coming out, and so Sci was forced to possess her soul in patience until she had access.

But she's got it now! And let's take a look at this thing.

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  • May 24, 2010
  • 12:00 AM
  • 394 views

Genesis 2.0?

by lifeandtechie in Matters of Life and Tech

An analysis of Craig Venter's paper describing the synthesis of a mycobacterial genome and using it to "boot" up a different bacterial cell.... Read more »

Gibson, D., Glass, J., Lartigue, C., Noskov, V., Chuang, R., Algire, M., Benders, G., Montague, M., Ma, L., Moodie, M.... (2010) Creation of a Bacterial Cell Controlled by a Chemically Synthesized Genome. Science. DOI: 10.1126/science.1190719  

  • May 23, 2010
  • 10:31 PM
  • 1,135 views

Killer Yeast from South America(?)

by Jennifer Frazer in The Artful Amoeba

It’s not every day you read about suggestions for potential health-related travel advisories to U.S. states. But such is the case for the Pacific Northwest, where an emerging fungal infection has — very unusually for fungi — begun felling otherwise healthy people. A growing number of cases of the potentially fatal disease have been discovered [...]... Read more »

  • May 22, 2010
  • 04:22 PM
  • 879 views

Sunday Spinelessness - Attack of the Killer Sponge!

by David in The Atavism



Chondrocladia turbiformis, a ruthless carnivore hauled from bottom of the sea off new New Zealand by NIWA scientists, has been named among the top ten new species described last year. This abyssal predator isn't a kraken, a plesiosaur that time forgot or even an improbable (but awesome) hybrid. It's a sponge.
It may come as some surprise that a sponge can be a carnivore, or even that sponges are animals. Sedentary as they are, sponges tick all the boxes for inclusion in the kingdom Anamalia. T........ Read more »

Vacelet, J., Boury-Esnault, N., Fiala-Medioni, A., & Fisher, C. (1995) A methanotrophic carnivorous sponge. Nature, 377(6547), 296-296. DOI: 10.1038/377296a0  

Jean Vacelet,, Michelle Kelly, & Monika Schlacher-Hoenlinger. (2009) Two new species of Chondrocladia (Demospongiae: Cladorhizidae) with a new spicule type from the deep south Pacific, and a discussion of the genus Meliiderma. Zootaxa, 57-68. info:/

  • May 22, 2010
  • 04:04 PM
  • 694 views

Anatomy of an ecological catastrophe: what to expect in the deep Gulf of Mexico

by Dr. M in Deep Sea News

The oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico is now over a month in duration and continues to worsen. Estimates of the total oil flowing from the damaged were estimated initially at 5,000 barrels per day. Now the 26,000 estimate by FSU professor Ian MacDonald looks more plausible. Moreover, the greatest impact of the current spill . . . → Read More: Anatomy of an ecological catastrophe: what to expect in the deep Gulf of Mexico... Read more »

  • May 22, 2010
  • 10:03 AM
  • 757 views

Global warming and malaria

by Bernt Lindtjorn in International Health Research

A recent article by Gething and colleagues in Nature (May 20th, 2010) shows that malaria has declined the past century. The decline has been largest in areas with less malaria transmission.
What is new in this paper is that the malaria decline takes place during global warming. The reasons for decline might be non-climatic factors such [...]... Read more »

Gething, P., Smith, D., Patil, A., Tatem, A., Snow, R., & Hay, S. (2010) Climate change and the global malaria recession. Nature, 465(7296), 342-345. DOI: 10.1038/nature09098  

  • May 22, 2010
  • 08:58 AM
  • 1,151 views

A close-up look at a Hairy babirusa

by Darren Naish in Tetrapod Zoology



I covered babirusas recently; you might have noticed. As you'll know if you read those articles, Meijaard & Groves (2002a, b) argued a few years ago that Babyrousa babyrussa of tradition should actually be split up into several phylogenetic species. Coincidentally, I published an article on lumping vs splitting in extant mega-mammals only a few weeks before Groves et al. (2010) split white rhinos into two phylogenetic species.

Read the rest of this post... | Read the comments on this post.......... Read more »

Meijaard, E. . (2002) Upgrading three subspecies of babirusa (Babyrousa sp.) to full species level. Asian Wild Pig News, 2(2), 33-39. info:/

  • May 22, 2010
  • 07:52 AM
  • 1,058 views

What is the synthetic cell?

by Captain Skellett in A Schooner of Science

Two days ago scientists at J. Craig Venter announced the creation of the first self-replicating synthetic cell, a bacteria with DNA made in a lab. How did they do it, and what does it mean for us in the future?
First up, the scientists didn’t make life out of nothing, and they didn’t make a new [...]... Read more »

  • May 22, 2010
  • 07:10 AM
  • 1,061 views

Research: Shade coffee conserves bee diversity

by Julie Craves in Coffee & Conservation

Coffee farmers don't need to rely just on the presence of landscape-level forests to provide pollinator resources. Their own farm management can have strong impacts on local bee abundance and diversity.



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  • May 22, 2010
  • 05:06 AM
  • 1,371 views

craig venter’s giant leap for biology

by Greg Fish in weird things

Here’s something those of you with billions of dollars and a team of experts in cellular and molecular biology on speed dial can try at home. Take the cell of a dead microorganism and a breakdown of another bacteria’s genome. Then, have your DNA assembling machine string together about a million nucleobases with several markers [...]... Read more »

Gibson, D., Glass, J., Lartigue, C., Noskov, V., Chuang, R., Algire, M., Benders, G., Montague, M., Ma, L., Moodie, M.... (2010) Creation of a Bacterial Cell Controlled by a Chemically Synthesized Genome. Science. DOI: 10.1126/science.1190719  

  • May 21, 2010
  • 05:59 PM
  • 1,198 views

Twist it, shake it, shake it, shake it, shake it, baby!

by Madhu in Reconciliation Ecology

You are brightly colored - enough to be considered charismatic even by humans who like to keep you as a pet! You can make fairly loud calls. So how do you communicate with each other? Especially in...

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  • May 21, 2010
  • 05:37 PM
  • 1,723 views

Hunters and the Hunted

by Laelaps in Laelaps



A Cuban crocodile (Crocodylus rhombifer), photographed at the National Zoo in Washington, D.C.




Outside of the trash-grubbing black bears I occasionally come across when driving to hikes in northern New Jersey, I never encounter large predators near my home. The imposing carnivores which once roamed the "garden state" were extirpated long ago. This is a very unusual thing. For the majority of the past six million years or so hominins have lived alongside, and have regularly been hunted by, ........ Read more »

  • May 21, 2010
  • 12:09 PM
  • 1,747 views

A non-post about Craig Venter’s new bug

by Iddo Friedberg in Byte Size Biology

In case you have been vacationing in a parallel universe in the past two days, you should have heard about the new synthetic bacterium created at the J Craig Venter Institute. In a nutshell, the scientific team synthesized an artificial chromosome of the bacterium Mycoplasma mycoides and transferred it to another bacterium, Mycoplasma capricolum. The [...]... Read more »

Gibson, D., Glass, J., Lartigue, C., Noskov, V., Chuang, R., Algire, M., Benders, G., Montague, M., Ma, L., Moodie, M.... (2010) Creation of a Bacterial Cell Controlled by a Chemically Synthesized Genome. Science. DOI: 10.1126/science.1190719  

  • May 21, 2010
  • 11:28 AM
  • 641 views

myExperiment: The Videos

by Duncan Hull in O'Really?

myExperiment is a research project that is exploring models, techniques and infrastructure for sharing digital items associated with  research , especially scientific workflows. The project is funded by the Joint Information Standards Committee (JISC) as part of a series of projects building Virtual Research Environments (VRE’s) and is run by Dave De Roure and Carole [...]... Read more »

David De Roure, Carole Goble, & Robert Stevens. (2007) Designing the myExperiment Virtual Research Environment for the Social Sharing of Workflows. IEEE International Conference on e-Science and Grid Computing, 603-610. DOI: 10.1109/E-SCIENCE.2007.29  

David De Roure, Carole Goble, Jiten Bhagat, Don Cruickshank, Antoon Goderis, Danius Michaelides, & David Newman. (2008) myExperiment: Defining the Social Virtual Research Environment. IEEE Fourth International Conference on eScience, 2008. eScience '08., 182-189. DOI: 10.1109/eScience.2008.86  

  • May 21, 2010
  • 10:52 AM
  • 1,237 views

Inner Life of Mesoorganisms

by Arunn in nOnoScience (a.k.a. Unruled Notebook)

The title of both this note and the paper it discusses is inspired by a 1970s classic paper by Nobel Laureate Edward Purcell on Life at low Reynolds number. With simple physics, that paper gave insights about micro-organisms (bacteria, sperms … Continue reading →... Read more »

  • May 21, 2010
  • 10:28 AM
  • 1,845 views

On synthesis

by Richard Grant in Confessions of a (former) Lab Rat

Oh my God, we're all going to die, exclaimed the Daily Mail today. Well, we are all going to die some day, but not because of the paper from the J. Craig Venter Institute, published in Science. I'm having a...... Read more »

Gibson, D., Glass, J., Lartigue, C., Noskov, V., Chuang, R., Algire, M., Benders, G., Montague, M., Ma, L., Moodie, M.... (2010) Creation of a Bacterial Cell Controlled by a Chemically Synthesized Genome. Science. DOI: 10.1126/science.1190719  

  • May 21, 2010
  • 10:18 AM
  • 741 views

Azendohsaurus, the Dinosaur That Wasn’t

by Brian Switek in Dinosaur Tracking

Parsing the origins and early history of dinosaurs is a challenging task. A number of prehistoric creatures were a lot like some of the earliest dinosaurs, and sometimes evolutionary cousins of early dinosaurs have been mistaken for dinosaurs on the basis of fragmentary material. As a study published in Palaeontology now shows, this was the [...]... Read more »

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