October 31, 2014

6:00 PM | How Do You Like Your Eggs in the Morning? Frozen and Dipped in Liquid Nitrogen
If you’ve been watching the news or reading the paper recently, you’ll probably have heard about Apple and Facebook’s announcement that they will fund egg freezing procedures for their female […]
3:19 PM | Rules of thumb for drug discovery
*The* Chris Lipinski is talking at Winship Nov 5 The post Rules of thumb for drug discovery appeared first on Lab Land.
12:03 PM | Right Turn: A Halloween gift that keeps on giving (and we’re not talking about cloning)
. Hobgoblins, hocus pocus, hayrides and haunted houses…Happy Halloween! Do those words conjure up a feeling of dread or does a wave of happiness wash over you when you hear Happy Halloween? Perhaps more relevant here, does the word Halloween ever make you think of stem cells? Stem cells and Halloween don’t typically go together...Read more

October 30, 2014

10:42 PM | Identity Revealed.
I promised to answer Saturday’s “Guess Who” post today, so here it is. William Ernest Castle (1867-1962) As William Ernest Castle discovered self-sterility in animals, it may be worth talking a little more about this phenomenon. Self-sterility is a condition observed in many hermaphrodite organisms in which male and female gametes (reproductive cells) will not fuse […]
12:37 PM | Trainee talks – where you hear about the really cool stuff
> One of the consistent themes of the Till and McCulloch Meetings (#TMM2014) is its commitment to having students and postdocs on stage presenting their work. These sessions have been regularly cited by my colleagues as the most interesting and engaging sessions with the most new data. The last few meetings they have called these...Read more
4:00 AM | Serving in the Korean Military, Kaluza Winner Eunyong Park Had Time to Change His Mind
Two long years in the South Korean military gave Eunyong Park time to change his mind and his career direction toward biology, a change that led to his winning this year’s $3,000 Kaluza prize for excellence in graduate research. Park won the ASCB Kaluza Prize, which is supported by Beckman Coulter, for his remarkable work at Harvard University deciphering the mechanisms of protein translocation in living cells. When cells make new proteins that are destined to reside in the membrane or […]

October 29, 2014

7:35 PM | Explainer: the locus coeruleus
Critical early site of neurodegeneration The post Explainer: the locus coeruleus appeared first on Lab Land.
1:38 PM | Scaling up to a speck of dust
DNA bricks almost large enough to see with the naked eye The post Scaling up to a speck of dust appeared first on Lab Land.
12:55 PM | Using cell circuits to program cellular outcomes
> One of my favourite things about the Till and McCulloch Meetings (#TMM2014) is the careful thought that goes into session organization. The balance of basic science, ethics, engineering, and industrial and clinical applications has always been a nice feature of the meeting. Having just listened to the speakers in the Systems, Synthetic & Applied Stem...Read more

October 28, 2014

12:52 PM | Our People: David Burgess and Renato Aguilera Named as PIs in Sweeping NIH Workforce Diversity Initiative
Two longtime ASCB members and longtime advocates for bringing underrepresented minorities into bioscience have been named as PIs in grants from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) under its wide-ranging "Enhancing the Diversity of the NIH-Funded Workforce" program. Renato Aguilera (third from left) shown with his fellow BUILD program PIs at the University of Texas El Paso. Photo credit: J.R. Hernandez, UTEP News ServiceTwo longtime ASCB members and longtime advocates for bringing […]
12:04 PM | How relationships and collaboration breed scientific breakthroughs
> Last month, Signals re-posted a blog entry of mine from The Black Hole where I lamented the lack of teamwork in the life sciences. There are, however, always exceptions and I want to highlight one such exception that took the field of blood stem cell expansion by storm last month. It was also presented...Read more

October 27, 2014

6:48 PM | Two Stem Cell Beliefs Debunked
Two recent papers may have upturned two common beliefs about adult stem cells. The esophagusRead more about Two Stem Cell Beliefs DebunkedComments
9:07 AM | The Controversy of the Birth of the Modern Cell
In secondary school I remember being told wen being taught about the cell that the mitochondria, which has its own DNA and produces the energy that is required in the […]

October 26, 2014

9:00 PM | Avoiding a sticky situation
In the 1970s, on a small group of islands in Florida, green anoles (Anolis carolinensis) were forced to occupy higher spots on trees than their preferred perches of low hanging branches and trunks. These green lizards were driven upwards due to an invasion by brown anoles (Anolis sagrei). This resulted in their feet becoming bigger […]
6:03 PM | Pathomx v3.0.2 released
Pathomx v3.0.2 has been released for both Windows and MacOS X. This marks the first stable, bug-fixed release for the v3.0 line featuring the new IPython-kernel with cluster support for parallel processing of tools. This latest version adds a number of important features over the previous v2.0 series: IPython backend including a live in-process kernel for debugging and data exploration Pandas dataframe-based data handling Inline code editor: edit the Python code for […]

October 25, 2014

1:01 PM | Guess who
Born: 25th October, 1873 Harvard lecturer, 1897-1937. Research Associate in Genetics at the University of California, Berkeley, 1937-1961. Discovered the unsuspected phenomenon of self-sterility, previously unknown in animals. Became a leader in the study of mammalian genetics, working with mice, rats, guinea pigs, rabbits, deer mice, mink, horses, and human beings. Demonstrated that the genes, […]

October 24, 2014

1:24 PM | Right Turn: New StemCellShorts illuminates cancer stem cells
> Just over one year ago, we launched the pilot phase of an animation project titled StemCellShorts here on Signals blog. Funded by a Stem Cell Network Public Outreach Award, the project was very much an experiment for us to see what would happen when you tasked a team of talented creatives, expert faculty and...Read more
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