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April 08, 2015

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11:16 PM | Celgene name Gerald F. Masoudi as executive VP
Will take up the role of executive VP, general counsel and corporate secretary
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11:14 PM | Space Farming is Science FICTION
The future of agriculture? Photo: NASA It said on the screen, “Bioregenerating Soil-Based Space Agriculture.” The title of the talk was “Beyond Intensification.” The speaker, a prominent researcher and prolific author, is someone who I thought would present clear thinking on how, in addition to intensification of current agriculture, we can go about producing enough food for the earth’s growing population. I glanced around to see if anyone else was astonished. […]
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10:44 PM | Question about Rocket Science
I’m probably doing a presentation on rockets for kids, using balloons as an analogy. Anyways, I began to wonder what the exact action-reaction is that causes the rocket to move. For instance, when I jump, I’m pushing against the ground. But what is the rocket fuel ‘pushing against’? Many sites I’ve seen just seem to say “well, something goes this way so something must go that way” but don’t really explain it. Others have asked how rockets work in […]
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9:06 PM | Scientific theories are really scientific facts
The Skeptical Raptor, stalking pseudoscience in the internet jungle. Time to move away from the scientific facts of GMO safety, vaccine safety and efficacy, and whatever else stimulates my brain. Actually, if I were to start a new blog, it would be about baseball, so there’s that. I was watching some nonsense on TV, when the pseudoscience-pushing fool stated that evolution is “just a … Continue reading Scientific theories are really scientific facts →Continue reading […]
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8:37 PM | Rise of the Nanopore
Nature Methods recently carried a News & Views article from Nick Loman and Mick Watson: “Successful test launch for nanopore sequencing”, in which they discuss the early reports of MinION usage; including a paper in the same issue of Nature Methods (Jain et al). They recall the initial “launch” by Clive Brown at AGBT 2012; this caused a huge amount of excitement, which has been tempered by the slightly longer wait than many were hoping for. Nick ‘n’ Mick […]
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8:08 PM | Twofer: Using Algae on Wastewater Aids Cleanup & Produces...
Twofer: Using Algae on Wastewater Aids Cleanup & Produces BiofuelThis is fantastic, and frankly, I’m surprised this kind of research wasn’t investigated further till now. Seems like they could be a perfect marriage, especially as society pushes for alternative energy sources and sustainable practices. Highlights:In one of the first studies to examine the potential for using municipal wastewater as a feedstock for algae-based biofuels, Rice University scientists found they […]
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5:53 PM | Star-Trek-esque “Tricorders” Are Nearly Here!There’ve been lots...
Star-Trek-esque “Tricorders” Are Nearly Here!There’ve been lots of great innovations in mobile technologies, expanding the possibilities of smart-phones, but I gotta say, this one is pretty damn impressive. A new invention may be able to turn smartphones into powerful hyperspectral sensors, capable of identifying the chemical components of objects from a distance…“A long list of fields stand to gain from this new technology,” said Prof. Mendlovic. […]
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4:30 PM | "We are, after all, animals ourselves; we could be facing extinction too. We are part of the web..."
“We are, after all, animals ourselves; we could be facing extinction too. We are part of the web we’re poking holes into.” - If Half of All Species Go Extinct, Will One of Them Be Us? - Facts So Romantic - Nautilus (via wildcat2030)Good article on the very scary species extinction period we are a part of - and almost certainly causing.
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3:20 PM | Long Non-Coding RNAs Epigenetically Modify Brain and Behavior
Once considered vestiges of our evolutionary history associated with junk DNA, non-coding RNAs have emerged as important regulators of epigenetic processes, transcriptional activation, and posttranscriptional gene silencing. Advances in RNA sequencing (RNA-seq) technology have resulted in the discovery of a large number of long non-coding RNAs (lncRNAs), with many expressed ... The post Long Non-Coding RNAs Epigenetically Modify Brain and Behavior appeared first on EpiBeat.
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1:15 PM | DNA Evidence: Measuring up to the Frye Standard of Acceptance
DNA-based evidence has a long history of admissibility in legal proceedings stretching back to 1985 when Sir Alec Jeffreys first used DNA testing to resolve an immigration dispute in the United Kingdom. In 1987, DNA made more court appearances in parallel legal cases to convict serial rapist and murderer Colin Pitchfork in the UK and […]
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1:12 PM | Video Tip of The Week: Jalview for multiple sequence alignment editing and visualization
The multiple sequence alignment editing question recently on our What’s the Answer? feature was popular. We have covered MSA editors in the past, and we include a bit on Jalview in our Clustal tutorial, but I hadn’t revisited them lately. In preparation for that post I specifically looked over at the Jalview site, and I […]
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10:14 AM | US cancer drug prices ‘not rational’
New research from the medical journal JAMA adds to growing pressure over pricing
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9:37 AM | Avastin approved for cervical cancer in EU
Was approved for the same indication in the US last summer
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9:30 AM | Top biotech firms saw sales jump in 2014
But rate of growth slowing from the past five years according to new analysis
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9:20 AM | Shire pitching at adult ADHD product launch in 2017
Will have to first trial formulation in children to appease FDA
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8:22 AM | Hydrogen Gas from Corn Stover may fuel Cars Soon
All the sugars present in the corn stover can be converted into hydrogen gas without any net increase in the greenhouse gas emissions a new study funded by Shell Oil suggests. Corn stover means the post-harvest leftover of corn in the field comprising of stalk, leaf, husk, and cob. The process involves the mixing of a mixture of 10 different hydrolysing enzymes with the corn biomass. This is being considered a remarkable achievement as previously only 30-60% conversion of sugars […] The […]

April 07, 2015

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7:25 PM | Breathing made easier: how Tibetans survive at 13000 feet above sea level 
<p><span style=”display:none”>claimtoken-5528881d18f4b</span></p> What do super athletes and mountain-dwelling Tibetans have in common? The ability to breathe more efficiently under physiological duress such as low oxygen conditions. At the sea level where oxygen is abundant, the oxygen that we breathe is transported via a protein called hemoglobin. Hemoglobin is produced by red blood cells. In oxygen-depleted, or […]
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6:35 PM | emergentfutures:Fully automated luxury communismSupporters...
emergentfutures:Fully automated luxury communismSupporters believe fully automated luxury communism is an opportunity to realise a post-work society, where machines do the heavy lifting and employment as we know it is a thing of the past The Guardian I am so thrilled with this article! This scenario is something I’ve wondered about for awhile now and never knew there was a name for it; though, frankly, “luxury communism” rubs me the wrong way. Then again, maybe it should. […]
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6:26 PM | Gene therapy – timing matters
The earlier a disease is diagnosed and treatment is started, the more likely the treatment will be successful. This is the case with all the treatment options currently available like antibiotics for bacterial infections or chemotherapy for cancer. However it hasn’t been clear whether this is true for the futuristic treatment option of gene therapy.  […]
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5:43 PM | No joke, I check up on this project at least once a month bc I’m...
No joke, I check up on this project at least once a month bc I’m that excited by its potential to help clean up our horrifically polluted oceans. And frankly, there haven’t been that many alternatives suggested. The oceans are messed up, and this is one of the few shots we have to help curb the disaster. Of course, the best option is to avoid garbage getting in there in the first place. But for the tons of plastic already there, this could have a huge impact. txchnologist:These […]
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5:34 PM | hahahaha, this is wildly clever!Though to clarify for science -...
hahahaha, this is wildly clever!Though to clarify for science - evolution works on populations, not individuals. So this cartoon scenario wouldn’t happen. Rather, they’d all slowly evolve into homosapiens as a community over time. Still, this is super funny.
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5:27 PM | Chapter 1: Stephen Hawking or how if Sheldon Cooper existed in real life he wouldn’t worship a scientific celebrity
Welcome to the second installment in my review and thoughts about the book “The new celebrity scientists” by Declan Fahy!  If you missed the first post here is a link to it. There is A LOT to say about this … Continue reading →
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5:12 PM | Customizing Your Digital Research Environment with Genome Browsers, #BioIT15
Every time we do a workshop on genome browser tools and other associated resources, we find that there’s someone who’s shocked to discover how much they didn’t realize was underneath the interface. One of my favorite responses was a workshop at a midwestern medical school, where a guy came up to me after the talk […]
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4:30 PM | amnhnyc:A holotype is the single specimen that a researcher...
amnhnyc:A holotype is the single specimen that a researcher designates as the name-bearing representative of a new species. These important specimens ensure that scientists have a single reference point when talking about a particular organism. This specimen, Mammal #100181, is the holotype of Ursus arctos alascensis, the Alaska brown bear. Learn more in the newest episode of Shelf Life: The Skull of the Olinguito. AMNH/D.Finnin
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4:00 PM | When it Comes to Moral Issues, Women Just as Logical as Men, but...
When it Comes to Moral Issues, Women Just as Logical as Men, but also More EmotionalI’m always wary about studies regarding sex or gender differences, but this seemed interesting, so I’ll share it. Highlights:…“Women are more likely to have a gut-level negative reaction to causing harm to an individual, while men experience less emotional responses to doing harm,” says lead research author Rebecca Friesdorf. The finding runs contrary to the common stereotype […]
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1:26 PM | Curso Genética Comunitaria
Curso Genética Comunitaria2015Centro de Telemedicina - Fundación Peluffo Giguens / Facultad de Medicina / Centro Hospitalario Pereira RossellL 13-04-015 a J 23-04-015Organiza: Departamento de Genética de la Facultad de MedicinaApoyan: Departamento de Medicina Familiar y Comunitaria de la Facultad de Medicina, Sociedad Uruguaya de Pediatría, Fundación Peluffo-Giguens, Comisión Honoraria Para la Salud Cardiovascular.Profesores participantes:Dra. […]
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12:00 PM | Update from the Clinic: March
.. Welcome to your Update from the Clinic for the month of March. Investors weren’t so keen on Neuralstem’s topline results in amyotropic lateral sclerosis (ALS). NeoStem’s follow-up data from its PreSERVE study in acute myocardial infarction (AMI) was somewhat lacklustre. Northwest Biotherapeutics continues to report positive data on its DCVax technology, breathing hope into...Read more
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10:25 AM | Amgen gets EU nod for wider use of Vectibix
US biotech’s cancer therapy can now be used in a first-line setting
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9:55 AM | Can Affimers help to unravel the mysteries of p53?
In the third in our series of blogs looking at the Affimer research areas, this week we’re taking a closer look at the field of cell cycle research, focussing in particular on p53. With the cellular functions of this protein seemingly ever increasing where might Affimers fit into this research field? Since its simultaneous discoveryRead More
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9:07 AM | BMS buys into gene therapy with $1bn uniQure alliance
US firm on a deal spree in 2015 as it racks up yet another collaboration
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