August 20, 2014

5:42 PM | Maturing brain flips function of amygdala in regulating stress hormones
Scientists are still discovering new information about the function of the amygdala, a region of the brain important for learning about threats The post Maturing brain flips function of amygdala in regulating stress hormones appeared first on Lab Land.

August 19, 2014

2:13 PM | Inside a cancer stem cell researcher’s toolbox: Xenotransplantation
> In previous posts, I have alluded to the fact that studying cancer in a dish (in vitro) is not optimal (here and here). Today, I give you the next essential tool in a cancer stem cell (CSC) researcher’s toolbox: xenotransplantation. Xenotransplantation is an impressive mouthful that simply means the transplantation of living cells, tissues,...Read more

August 18, 2014

1:15 PM | Update from the Clinic: July
. Welcome to your Update from the Clinic for the month of July. The cancer stem cell companies were back in the news last month. OncoMed initiated its ALPINE clinical trial of Tarextumab for pancreatic cancer, while Stemline Therapeutics announced an investigational new drug (IND) for SL-401 and initiation of clinical trials in two blood...Read more
12:00 PM | Women in Science- Do We Need to Worry About Gender Bias?
Women have long been battling for their rights – the right to work, the right the vote, the right to equal pay.  But is there still a gender bias in […]
4:00 AM | Proteins and Prejudice—The Mr. Darcy of Protists, Giardia, Defies the Canonical Mitotic Checkpoint Proteins
It is a truth all but universally acknowledged that a eukaryotic cell entering mitosis must be in want of the canonical proteins for mitotic checkpoints. And then there is Giardia intestinalis. A notorious flagellate pathogen, this binucleate protist belongs to one of the major eukaryotic lineages now called the "Excavates." Like all other Excavates, Giardia is weird, says Zacheus Cande of the University of California, Berkeley, but weird in a good way because of its ancient evolutionary […]

August 17, 2014

8:11 PM | Bacteria before Birth?
The human body is not entirely human. In fact it is estimated there are around 10 bacterial cells living within the human body for every human cell present. Microbial organisms in a particular environment are termed microbiomes, and microbiomes are present in our gut, airways, mouth, and various other sites in our bodies. Thankfully these microbiomes provide many positive functions as they aid in the digestion of food, prevent the colonisation of pathogenic bacteria and can produce essential […]
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