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April 07, 2014

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5:09 PM | I hear. I tweet. I learn. Teaching with Social Media
"I hear. I tweet. I learn." The words of #Manship4002 Strategic Social Media student Bianca Zaragoza (@bianca_zara on Twitter) are a perfect summary of how faculty and students can use social media to enhance learning, collaboration and outreach. This morning, I gave an interactive lecture in #Manship4002 about using social media for education. During the lecture, I asked my students to offer suggestions of how their other teachers could use social media inside and outside the classroom to help […]
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2:00 PM | Lost in Translation? Tips for Preparing RNA for in vitro Translation Experiments
Synthesizing proteins in vitro through cell-free expression systems using rabbit reticulocytes, E. coli S30, or wheat germ extracts can be invaluable in studying protein function.  If you only need a small amount (100s of nanograms), it’s also faster and easier than synthesizing vast quantities in bacterial or mammalian cells (~ 90 minutes for cell-free vs. […]
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1:53 PM | I terremoti studiati dallo spazio: nuova partnership italo-cinese
Il progetto, che vede coinvolti i fisici dell’Università di Trento e del Centro nazionale Tifpa dell’Infn, prevede un finanziamento da due milioni di euro per la realizzazione di uno strumento per la rivelazione di elettroni, studiando l’accoppiamento tra fenomeni sismici…Read more →
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1:49 PM | Making ChIP-seq a little more robust
I had a fun time at Jason Carroll's group retreat in sunny Cromer a few weeks ago. I was invited to present some work we'd been doing on using Thruplex for ChIP-seq library prep and there was a lot of great science being discussed. One of the presentations that stood out to me was from Kelly Holmes in Jay's group, she presented some simple steps all users can take to improve the quality of their ChIP-sequencing experiments: Quantify your Chromatin, Check your sonication, Standardise […]
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1:43 PM | Lotta al riscaldamento globale: grandi aiuti dai deserti, ma saranno sufficienti?
Secondo uno studio durato 10 anni effettuato da ricercatori statunitensi dell’università di Washington, la lotta al riscaldamento globale si potrebbe vincere o comunque sarà sostenuta grazie all’aiuto dei deserti. Secondo la ricerca, pubblicate su Nature Climate Change, i deserti riuscirebbero…Read more →
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10:05 AM | Pfizer's breast cancer drug palbociclib extends survival
Positive trial results for oncology treatment
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10:00 AM | Bye bye XP: ma Avast lo supporterà ancora
Domani Windows XP andrà in pensione tra la delusione di milioni di utenti che comunque lo hanno sempre trovato come uno dei migliori sistemi operativi di sempre. Cosa succederà realmente nei nostri pc? Saremo più vulnerabili e facili bersagli di…Read more →
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9:55 AM | Sun Pharma offers $4bn for Ranbaxy
Follows period of manufacturing problems at Daiichi-owned Indian generics company
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9:50 AM | Halozyme halts pancreatic cancer trial
The biopharma company is investigating PEGPH20’s links to blood clot

April 06, 2014

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11:32 PM | Two Paths Taken
As I write this, the agricultural community has just finished a week acknowledging and celebrating the work of Norman Borlaug.  Borlaug, of course, is widely known as the father of the Green Revolution, having increased the production of staple crops (particularly wheat) around the globe to unprecedented levels.  He single-handedly stymied Malthusian predictions of inevitable global starvation, thereby changing the global perspective on agricultural production. While this is due […]
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11:15 PM | Pfizer appoints comms head in Spain
Monica Piñuela is promoted
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11:00 PM | eHealth not up to speed in Europe
Less than one in three doctors email their patients and just 10 per cent hold online consultations
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10:31 PM | Ecosystems are not smart, we are.
In my recent post Don’t mimic nature on the farm, improve it, I argued that we should cast aside the ideas of “balance of nature” and “nature knows best” in designing farming systems. There is no reason to “follow nature’s lead” if nature has not been optimized by any process that we know of, and therefore consists of mostly random mixes of species dictated primarily by natural disturbances. But if we don’t, what are we left with? We […]
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4:21 AM | How does BT work?
Life, at it’s most basic level is really just a series of chemical reactions. Biochemists and molecular biologists, such as myself, look at how life works at the very most basic level. Unfortunately, this stuff is all very complicated and there are few resources online to explain how this work. Anastasia has a wonderful post about how Bt corn works in transformed plants, titled simply ‘Bt‘. In the post, she focuses on how the protein works from the angle of a plant biologist. […]

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April 05, 2014

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2:31 PM | Skydiver vivo per miracolo, sfiorato dal meteorite
Doveva essere un lancio come un altro. Come faceva di solito, lo skydiver acrobatico Anders Helstrup si è lanciato nei cieli norvegesi e con la sua tele camerina posizionata sul casco registrava tutto quello che vedeva lungo la discesa. Non…Read more →
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12:26 PM | I vegetariani più a rischio per le allergie?
Secondo uno studio austriaco, i cui dati sono stati pubblicati sulla rivista Plos One, sarebbero piu’ a rischio di sviluppare allergie, problemi mentali e cancro rispetto a chi mangia carne all’interno di una dieta equilibrata che include anche frutta e…Read more →
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12:11 PM | Progetto V-Charge, per auto elettriche che si parcheggiano da sole
L’auto elettrica è ormai definita come l’auto del futuro e si stano moltiplicando tutte le tecnologie legate a questo nuovo tipo di mobilità innovativa. Uno degli ultimi progetti è il V-Charge (da Valet parking e recharge) che consiste in tutta…Read more →
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9:52 AM | Lumen: la nuova bici che brilla di luce propria, visibile di notte
Il suo nome è Lumen, la bici retro riflettente che, in presenza di una luce diretta, si illumina permettendo di essere vista anche a 300 metri di distanza. E’ stata realizzata da Mission Bicycle Comapany di San Francisco ed ha…Read more →
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5:01 AM | Haploid Cell Function and Formation in Humans
The human body contains two primary types of cells: Haploid cells Diploid cells Haploid Vs Diploid – VIDEO Haploid cells pertains to the number of chromosomes found in a gamete or represents half of the normal chromosome count in a particular somatic cells. The primary difference between haploid and diploid cells are the total number […] The post Haploid Cell Function and Formation in Humans appeared first on Regeneration Center of Thailand.

April 04, 2014

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3:26 PM | Raw milk: is there room for science in food wars?
Academics and ag industry are jumping into the raw milk debate later this month by holding a one-day symposium at the University of Guelph. The symposium, titled Science to Policy, is slated for April 22, and will feature scientists and dairy producers including raw milk advocate Michael Schmidt. Conference organizers hope to look at how science should be used to inform public policy. 
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3:01 PM | Ossitocina meglio del viagra?
Secondo uno studio dell’Hannover Medical School l’ossitocina, l’ormone dell’amore, sarebbe destinato a spodestare il trono del Viagra per dare relazioni più soddisfacenti e gratificanti. Lo studio, condotto su 29 coppie e pubblicato sulla rivista Hormones and Behaviour, confermerebbe quanto sopra…Read more →
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2:22 PM | Societal and Cultural Challenges of Agricultural Biotechnology
Agriculture is a major economic driver in Alberta but like agriculture in the rest of the world, there are challenges. Farmers and ranchers have low profit margins as the retail price of food seldom reflects what the producer of the food actually gets. Urban areas in Alberta are expanding into good agricultural land making it more profitable for a farmer to sell his land than raise food on it. The world's population is expanding rapidly and over the next 2 decades or so we will need to […]
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1:35 PM | Right Turn: Autism, Stem Cells and the Tooth Fairy
. This intriguing title is not completely my own. It is a shorter version of Alysson Muotri’s  (UCSD) title from a presentation he gave to the governing Board of the California Institute of Regenerative Medicine on March 13, 2014: “Reversing Autism in the Lab with Help from Stem Cells and the Tooth Fairy.” Dr. Muotri...Read more
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1:32 PM | How Low Can You Go? Why the Brightness of NanoLuc® Matters
The new NanoLuc® Luciferase is a very small, very bright luciferase, making it ideal when you need a genetic reporter to act near physiological levels inside cells to reveal subtle regulatory events. In the chalk talk below, we illustrate why this is important with a p53/mdm2 example.   Explore more applications of NanoLuc® Luciferase Watch […]
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12:48 PM | Britian Aims to Become World Leader in Synthetic Biology
Scientists at the University of Liverpool have been awarded £2M to build a state-of-the-art DNA synthesis facility, a capability offering much needed tools for genome engineering to the academic and private sectors. This facility, named GeneMill will be part of the UK’s focus on synthetic biology, identified by the Government as one of the ‘Eight [...]
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11:55 AM | Video Podcast on Streamlining Endpoint Adjudication
Centralized endpoint adjudication is becoming increasingly important from a regulatory perspective, with both the FDA and the EMA providing commentary and guidelines in recent years. Understanding the advantages of centralized endpoint adjudication in a clinical trial, as well as the potential offered by software such as Aptiv Solutions AptivEndpointTM in combination with a central Endpoint ... continue reading
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11:20 AM | Friday SNPpets
Welcome to our Friday feature link collection: SNPpets. During the week we come across a lot of links and reads that we think are interesting, but don’t make it to a blog post. Here they are for your enjoyment… RT @dgmacarthur: http://t.co/5EvKwIKXRL is cute – take a genetics quiz and then pin yourself on the […]
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10:15 AM | FDA backs heroin overdose treatment
Evzio comes in auto injector to be used by family members or carers
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9:33 AM | AbbVie drops legal case against EMA
Accepts publication of new set of redacted Humira data
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9:09 AM | Aiutare Pompei con la tecnologia è possibile?
Sono diventate ormai frequenti le notizie riguardanti i crolli che si susseguono a Pompei. Per tale motivo, per non distruggere ulteriormente l’inestimabile valore culturale che rappresenta, si sta pensando a come evitare ulteriori danneggiamenti sfruttando le tecnologie che il mondo…Read more →
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