October 08, 2014

7:30 PM | Many colors in the epigenetic palette
Methylation, an epigenetic modification of DNA, comes in several colors. The post Many colors in the epigenetic palette appeared first on Lab Land.
6:13 PM | X Inactivation: Equality Between the Sexes
Since women have two X chromosomes (XX) and men have only one (XY), the body needs a way of ensuring women don’t get a double helping of X chromosome genes. […]
12:02 PM | ASCB Member William Moerner Wins Nobel Along with Eric Betzig and Stefan Hell
The resolution of traditional light microscopy was long thought to be limited due to the maximum diffraction of light. But today's Nobel Prize winners in Chemistry changed that. William Moerner, Eric Betzig, and Stefan Hell won for cleverly circumventing this limit and imaging at a whole new scale known as nanomicroscopy or superresolution imaging.  William Moener, Eric Betzig, and Stefan Hell (left to right)won the 2014 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for pioneering nanomicroscopy.The […]

October 07, 2014

8:00 PM | Pathomx v3.0.0 Release Candidate 2
The final release candidate for Pathomx v3.0.0 is available for both Mac and Windows. This latest version features the new IPython backend providing parallel processing (via IPython ipcluster support), numerous bugfixes and improvements to the UI and figure outputs. While a development version it is considered stable enough for regular use. If you’re a current user of Pathomx, please download and test with your own hardware and data, see how it holds up and then report any […]

October 06, 2014

6:45 PM | Bits from HIV + Aging conference
Missed diagnoses and medical journeys The post Bits from HIV + Aging conference appeared first on Lab Land.
3:34 PM | Nobel Prize for place cells + grid cells
Connection to neuroscience research performed at Yerkes The post Nobel Prize for place cells + grid cells appeared first on Lab Land.
2:20 PM | Sugar rush: The development of glucose-sensitive beta cells from embryonic precursors
> “Wow, my mouth just got diabetes.” Such are my immediate thoughts after taking a bite out of a red velvet cupcake.  Though I must qualify: by cupcake, I mean a skyscraper of frosting carefully balanced on a minimal crumbly foundation. Making such a hyperbolic statement heightens our awareness that diabetes involves intolerably high blood...Read more

October 04, 2014

12:25 PM | Former ASCB President Bruce Alberts Receives the National Medal of Science
Bruce Alberts, professor at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), who served as ASCB president in 2007, was just named one of the nation's top scientists by President Obama. Alberts and nine others are recipients of the National Medal of Science, the Nation's highest honor for individuals who have made outstanding contributions to science and engineering. Alberts will be presented the medal in a ceremony at the White House later this year. Bruce Alberts is a renowned […]

October 03, 2014

2:43 PM | The most promising ebola treatments are based on basic immunology
Though for many of us, the ebola crises is oceans away, the epidemic lies heavily on the hearts and minds of people all over the world. For some researchers, public health officials and drug developers, it is the driving force of all daily activity. Right now, there are two vaccines and eight treatments being developed […]
2:11 PM | Refining tools for Big Data
Developing software to analyze the truckloads of data The post Refining tools for Big Data appeared first on Lab Land.
1:00 PM | Right Turn: There’s beauty in science
. The colourful, beautiful, whimsical, original, intriguing (I could go on) images that were submitted to CCRM for its Cells I See contest are live on Facebook for your viewing pleasure and votes. Until October 18, 2014 people are encouraged to “like” their favourite image. The one with the most likes will be this year’s...Read more

October 01, 2014

9:38 PM | The Winners of the $5K, $3K, $1K Kaluza Prizes Are…
Eleanor (Josie) Clowney , a postdoc at Rockefeller University who did her graduate work at the University of California, San Francisco, has been named the winner of the 2014 $5,000 ASCB Kaluza Prize for outstanding research by a graduate student. The Kaluza Prizes are supported by Beckman Coulter. Clowney won for her breakthrough work on olfactory neurons performed in Stavros Lomvardas’ lab. Her work provides a new perspective on how acute transcriptional specificity can be achieved […]
4:58 PM | Our People—Five ASCB Members to Receive BRAIN Grants
NIH announced Tuesday the recipients of the first round of research grants toward understanding the brain as part of the Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) Initiative. $46 million in funds was awarded to over 100 investigators who proposed developing new technologies to accelerate neuroscience research. The $46 million from the NIH is part of a larger $300 million public-private effort by the Obama Administration to revolutionize our understanding of […]
12:10 PM | Of seismic waves and closing days: take home messages
. With contributions from James Smith, a recent Oxford University graduate and current SENS Research Foundation Summer Scholar working at the Harvard Stem Cell Institute. There were two momentous events on the night of August 23, 2014. First, the inaugural Rejuvenation Biotechnology conference drew to a close. Second, the largest earthquake in nearly 25 years...Read more
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