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November 07, 2014

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11:35 AM | The World Fights Back – Development of the Polio Vaccine
Just over one hundred years ago, a man was born that would go on to develop a lifesaving vaccine that saved the lives of millions of children all over the […]

November 06, 2014

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5:00 AM | Discovery of Two Novel Innate Immunity Molecules Wins Kaluza Prize for Grad Student Jiaxi Wu
His parents were both physicians, and Jiaxi Wu says that, while they inspired him to learn more about disease, in the end, he decided to pursue a career not in clinical medicine but in biomedical research. So far, Wu is off to a flying start. He graduated first in his class in 2010 with a bachelor’s degree in biology from the China Agricultural University in Beijing. A year later, he joined a PhD program in molecular biology at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center and the […]

November 05, 2014

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5:50 PM | Shout out for SWAE
Science Writers at Emory relaunches In Scripto The post Shout out for SWAE appeared first on Lab Land.

November 04, 2014

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6:48 PM | FDA approves treatment for acquired hemophilia
The drug Obizur was originally developed at Emory by hematologist Pete Lollar and colleagues The post FDA approves treatment for acquired hemophilia appeared first on Lab Land.
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1:51 PM | Science Stars Sparkle In Special MBoC “Quant Bio” Issue
Cell biology is expanding, fusing with physics, coalescing with computational modeling, and bonding with bioinformatics. Yesterday Molecular Biology of the Cell (MBoC) rolled out a special quantitative biology issue, its first-ever “extra” edition, to encompass the broad new horizons of cell biology. The new issue features so many big names from cell biology and biophysics that, if “Quantitative Biology” were a Hollywood blockbuster, the science paparazzi would […]
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1:30 PM | Cell Therapy Commercialization: A View from GE Healthcare on Immunotherapy
. Those following the regenerative medicine (RM) industry are likely in-tune with a rapidly evolving market, on the periphery, that is shaping up to provide a very attractive value proposition to patients, industry, and investors alike. The health care industry is undergoing a paradigm shift: Big Pharma has historically spread its efforts across palliative and substitutive...Read more

November 03, 2014

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8:39 PM | Why am I Left Handed?
As a left hander, all sorts of chaos has ensued throughout my life due to my awkward need to do everything backwards –from irritating elbow bumps at posh meals, the […]
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8:17 PM | Plaque erosion: heart attacks triggered by a whimper, not a bang
A trigger for blood clots in coronary arteries, plaque erosion disproportionately affects women The post Plaque erosion: heart attacks triggered by a whimper, not a bang appeared first on Lab Land.

November 01, 2014

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9:16 PM | Guess Who
Born: 1st November, 1899 English zoologist known for his contributions to evolution and embryology. Studied at Magdalen College, Oxford. Showed the inadequacy of the germ layer theory by observing that certain cartilage and bone cells are derived from an area of the ectoderm, now known as the neural crest, instead of the mesoderm, as germ […]

October 31, 2014

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9:51 PM | Boo!
Happy Halloween everyone! Tonight, all over the world, ghoulish graveyards, macabre monsters and spooky skeletons are going to scare all children and adults alike, sending them screaming and running down the road. All but SM. SM was the name given to a woman who was studied by scientists, in 2010, when they discovered that she […]
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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 […]
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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.
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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

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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 […]
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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
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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

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7:35 PM | Explainer: the locus coeruleus
Critical early site of neurodegeneration The post Explainer: the locus coeruleus appeared first on Lab Land.
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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.
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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

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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 […]
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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

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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
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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

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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 […]
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