July 29, 2014

1:30 PM | Stifling Science?
  On June 18, 2014, I walked into the enormous, blue lit plenary hall of the Vancouver Convention Centre excited to hear Canada’s own Janet Rossant give the opening remarks for ISSCR’s Presidential Symposium. I glanced up at the information screens and read, to my dismay, “no live tweeting from the conference.” So what’s a...Read more
4:00 AM | Celldance Extends “Tell Your Own Cell Story” Video Proposal Deadline
Microscopic movie moguls have two more weeks to submit their "Tell Your Own Cell Story" proposal to ASCB's Public Information Committee (PIC), which will commission three live cell imaging videos at $1,000 each to be shot on location in the labs of ASCB members. The new deadline is August 15. The deadline for Celldance proposalshas been extended to August 15.Poster by Johnny Chang, ASCB.Microscopic movie moguls have two more weeks to submit their "Tell Your Own Cell Story" proposal to ASCB's […]

July 28, 2014

11:45 AM | Plastic bags responsible for outrageous lack of cute pink piglets
Most of us now subscribe to the idea that plastic bags are bad for the environment. Hence, droves of people turn up at their local supermarket with a sturdy jute bag in tow. Now, there’s evidence that the items that … Continue reading →

Nerin C, Ubeda JL, Alfaro P, Dahmani Y, Aznar M, Canellas E & Ausejo R (2014). Compounds from multilayer plastic bags cause reproductive failures in artificial insemination., Scientific reports, 4 4913. PMID:

4:00 AM | DORA Science Coalition Greets New 2014 Journal Impact Factors (JIFs) With New “JIF-Less” Assessment Site
Call it "JIF Day," an event both anticipated and dreaded in scientific publishing when Journal Citation Reports, a commercial service of Thomson Reuters "Web of Science," issues its yearly "journal impact factor" (JIF) ratings that purport to rank journals by their research impact. This year Thomson Reuters postponed JIF Day from mid-June to late-July. With the 2014 JIF ranking finally expected this week, the anti-JIF coalition of scientists, journal editors, and scholarly publishers who issued […]

July 25, 2014

5:06 PM | Anti-inflammatory drug prevents neuron loss in Parkinson’s model
Promising research recently published in Journal of Parkinson's Disease The post Anti-inflammatory drug prevents neuron loss in Parkinson’s model appeared first on Lab Land.
1:18 PM | Right Turn: Stem Cell Diabetes Treatment Looking Sweet
. It’s nice to end the week on a happy note. For a company like CCRM that commercializes regenerative medicine products and therapies, the news that ViaCyte, a company based in San Diego, California, has applied to the FDA to start clinical trials for its Type 1 diabetes treatment is good news for the industry....Read more

July 24, 2014

2:04 PM | Potential anticancer drugs from humble sources
Orange lichens contain a pigment with anticancer activity, Jing Chen's lab has discovered The post Potential anticancer drugs from humble sources appeared first on Lab Land.
11:00 AM | Feeling the Heat: the Science of Sunburn
No matter how careful we are, at some point in all of our lives we will develop sunburn.  Despite all of the NHS campaigns and warnings that sun damage can […]

July 22, 2014

6:48 PM | Fasting Improves Recovery of Bone Marrow Stem Cells after Chemotherapy
[Note: This is a guest post by Tauseef (@CellSpell)] Fasting is defined as either completely abstaining from or minimizing food intake for a defined period time - ranging from about 12 hours to even a few weeks. Calorie restriction, on the other hand, refers to an overall reduction in the daily calorie intake by about 20%-40% without necessarily reducing the meal intake frequency. Although calorie restriction is well-suited for weight loss and thus also reduces the risk of chronic diseases... […]

Cheng, C., Adams, G., Perin, L., Wei, M., Zhou, X., Lam, B., Da Sacco, S., Mirisola, M., Quinn, D., Dorff, T. & Kopchick, J. (2014). Prolonged Fasting Reduces IGF-1/PKA to Promote Hematopoietic-Stem-Cell-Based Regeneration and Reverse Immunosuppression, Cell Stem Cell, 14 (6) 810-823. DOI: 10.1016/j.stem.2014.04.014

3:23 PM | Buzzword overuse alert: epigenetics
Self criticism The post Buzzword overuse alert: epigenetics appeared first on Lab Land.
1:32 PM | Nontraditional Animal Models—Beyond the Zebrafish, the Other Teleosts
Fishermen can tell you many tales of the teleosts but most cell biologists know but one—the zebrafish. That's a shame, says John Postlethwait, professor of biology at the University of Oregon, who made his scientific mark with the zebrafish but is a fan of a much wider circle of the teleosts, ray-finned fish whose ranks include nearly all of the important sport or commercial bony fish on Earth. Postlethwait thinks there are discoveries to be made amongst the lesser-known teleosts. […]
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