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September 08, 2014

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6:10 PM | ASCB President-Elect Walter Wins Lasker
The UPR has unfolded into the 2014 Albert Lasker Basic Medical Research Award for ASCB President-Elect Peter Walter. A Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator and Professor of Biochemistry and Biophysics at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), Walter was named co-winner winner today along with Kazutoshi Mori of Kyoto University for their independent but closely related work on untangling the unfolded protein response or UPR, a signaling pathway that protects cells by […]
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1:02 PM | Dr. Botstein Buys a Book
It was the one of the very few moments in his life when he was truly speechless, says Malcolm Campbell. He was at the 2013 ASCB spring Council meeting in Washington, DC, seated next to fellow ASCB councilor David Botstein who had just won one of the new $3 million Breakthrough Awards in Life Sciences. Waiting for the meeting to come to order, Campbell, a professor at Davidson College in North Carolina and a leading proponent of research-driven reform in undergraduate biology education, […]
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11:27 AM | Granulocyte Colony-Stimulating Factor G-CSF Stimulation
G-CSF Stimulation use in Stem Cell Therapies Granulocyte-colony stimulating factor is also known as colony-stimulating factor 3,G-CSF, GCSF, GM-CSF or Rm-GSF.  Granulocyte Colony-Stimulating Factors are a special kind of protein or “growth factor” that the body naturally manufactures in the bone marrow that is often used in cancer treatments such as chemotherapy and NK Cell Therapy. Creating […] The post Granulocyte Colony-Stimulating Factor G-CSF Stimulation […]

September 05, 2014

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1:40 PM | Right Turn: Like a kid’s science show, but for grownups
. Jordan Green, a biomedical engineer from Johns Hopkins, has a way with words. And toys. He’s like a Mister Rogers (American) or Mr. Dressup (Canadian) for adults. He has a complicated idea to convey, so borrowing from the best children’s entertainers around, he uses colourful props that perfectly suit his friendly demeanor. Dr. Green’s...Read more

September 03, 2014

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3:35 PM | Active Learning Halves Black-White Achievement Gap in Bio Classes, Say STEM Ed Researchers in LSE Paper
"Active-learning interventions," in which passive lectures are replaced with interactive activities, moving lecture materials to homework and outside readings, have been shown by STEM education researchers in recent years to be strikingly effective, but a new study published on September 2 in CBE—Life Sciences Education, published by ASCB, reveals that this strategy is especially powerful for black and first-generation college students. An active-learning strategy in an introductory […]
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12:00 PM | Generalised Anxiety Disorder: Something on your Mind?
We can all get a little het-up about things, whether it’s something big like moving cities or something smaller like getting ready for a first date! It’s inevitable that people […]
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10:13 AM | Discovery of Neuro-Mesodermal Progenitors Cinderella Cells
The human spinal cord,skeleton cells and muscle cells are all created from cells known as NMP’s or neuro-mesodermal progenitors. The formation of these vital cells has remained a mystery until now. These cells are created in a complex yet carefully timed signal by a growing embryo which instructs the neuro-mesodermal progenitor cells to differentiate into […] The post Discovery of Neuro-Mesodermal Progenitors Cinderella Cells appeared first on Regeneration Center of Thailand.

September 02, 2014

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5:00 PM | Holding institutions responsible for research misconduct: The recent case of a death of stem cell scientist
Written by Dr. Zubin Master, Assistant Professor at the Alden March Bioethics Institute, Albany Medical College and Research Associate at the University of Alberta’s Health Law Institute. This article is being published simultaneously on the Alden March Bioethics Institute blog, the Knoepfler Lab Stem Cell blog and Signals Blog.  Scientist Yoshiki Sasai, age 52, committed suicide and was found dead...Read more

September 01, 2014

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12:28 PM | Tracking the Daily Microbiome
Humans are essentially 90% bacteria. These bacteria pepper our skin and hang out in our digestive tracts, helping to break down complex carbohydrates and keeping bad bugs in check. We know how the human microbiome (our collection of bacteria) gets … Continue reading →

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