Posts

November 04, 2014

+
10:01 AM | Producers and consumers of autism research: never the twain shall meet?
I was interested to read the paper by Elizabeth Pellicano and colleagues [1] (open-access) investigating "the views of community involvement in autism research both from the perspectives of autism researchers and of community members, including autistic adults, family members and practitioners". Quite a few results are reported including the idea that researchers "were skeptical about the possibilities of dramatically increasing community engagement, while community members themselves spoke […]

Pellicano E, Dinsmore A & Charman T (2014). Views on Researcher-Community Engagement in Autism Research in the United Kingdom: A Mixed-Methods Study., PloS one, 9 (10) PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25303222

Citation
+
10:01 AM | Does dreaming of exam failure affect your real-life chances of success?
Why do we dream? It's still a scientific mystery. The "Threat Simulation Theory" proposes that we dream as a way to simulate real-life threats and prepare ourselves for dealing with them. "This simulation in an almost-real experiential world would train the brain to perceive dangers and rapidly face them within the safe condition of sleeping," write the authors of a new paper that's put the theory to the test.Isabelle Arnulf and her colleagues reasoned that if dreams help simulate future […]

Arnulf, I., Grosliere, L., Le Corvec, T., Golmard, J., Lascols, O. & Duguet, A. (2014). Will students pass a competitive exam that they failed in their dreams?, Consciousness and Cognition, 29 36-47. DOI: 10.1016/j.concog.2014.06.010

Citation
+
9:41 AM | Can you beat a chicken sexer? Revisiting embryo manipulation of the avian chick.
Chicken, quail, zebra finch, emu, duck, crow……a simple glimpse and we immediately realize how the Aves have, as a model system left their traces in various fields of biological research. And within the Aves class, the domestic fowl Gallus gallus is no doubt revered highly among the developmental biologists for their certainly distinguished career. Discovery […]

Nagai, H., Sezaki, M., Nakamura, H. & Sheng, G. (2014). Extending the limits of avian embryo culture with the modified Cornish pasty and whole-embryo transplantation methods, Methods, 66 (3) 441-446. DOI: 10.1016/j.ymeth.2013.05.005

Nagai, H., Lin, M. & Sheng, G. (2011). A modified cornish pasty method for ex ovo culture of the chick embryo, genesis, 49 (1) 46-52. DOI: 10.1002/dvg.20690

Tanaka, J., Harada, H., Ito, K., Ogura, T. & Nakamura, H. (2010). Gene manipulation of chick embryos in vitro, early chick culture, and long survival in transplanted eggs, Development, Growth & Differentiation, 52 (7) 629-634. DOI: 10.1111/j.1440-169X.2010.01198.x

Nagai, H., Sezaki, M., Bertocchini, F., Fukuda, K. & Sheng, G. (2014). HINTW, a W-chromosome HINT gene in chick, is expressed ubiquitously and is a robust female cell marker applicable in intraspecific chimera studies , Genesis, 52 (5) 424-430. DOI: 10.1002/dvg.22769

Citation
+
7:42 AM | RotM: Interview with Prof. Michael Garstang
We continue our Researcher of the Month (RotM) series, with an interview with Professor Michael Garstang, Distinguished Investigator and Research Professor at the Department of Environmental Sciences at the University of Virgina. Professor Garstang is also associated with a Simpsons Weather Associates, a private environmental research company and recently published a paper in PLoS One about

Garstang, M., Davis, R., Leggett, K., Frauenfeld, O., Greco, S., Zipser, E. & Peterson, M. (2014). Response of African Elephants (Loxodonta africana) to Seasonal Changes in Rainfall, PLoS ONE, 9 (10) DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0108736

Kelley, M. & Garstang, M. (2013). On the Possible Detection of Lightning Storms by Elephants, Animals, 3 (2) 349-355. DOI: 10.3390/ani3020349

Citation

November 03, 2014

+
10:55 PM | Reshaping the Limits of Synthetic Biology
Ever think you could have built something better if you had a hand in the design? Sometimes people just have a desire to make, after all the maker movement is […]

J. Boeke et al (2014). Circular permutation of a synthetic eukaryotic chromosome with the telomerator, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Other:

Citation
+
2:47 PM | Storia e gloria di un numero uno
Stupiti che 1 non sia primo? Scopriamo insieme perché è "solo" l'unità!Abbiamo già visto come, partendo dai numeri primi, si possa sviluppare un discorso più o meno approfondito sulle fondamenta matematiche. Altrettanto fondamentale, però, si rivela provare a rispondere alla domanda su quale sia il numero primo più piccolo. E', infatti, abbastanza noto come il numero 1 sia stato ora inserito ora escluso dalla lista dei numeri primi, ottenendo in […]

Agargun A.G. & Fletcher C.R. (1997). The Fundamental Theorem of Arithmetic Dissected, The Mathematical Gazette, 81 (490) 53-57. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.2307/3618768

Crandall R. & Pomerance C.B. (2005). Primes!, Prime Numbers, Prime numbers: a computational perspective 1-82. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/0-387-28979-8_1

Caldwell C.K. & Xiong Y. (2012). What is the smallest prime?, Journal of Integer Sequences, 15 arXiv: http://arxiv.org/abs/1209.2007v2

Citation
+
9:13 AM | Probiotics to counter heavy metal toxicity?
"In summary, this work has demonstrated the potential value of long-term probiotic-based interventions to counter mercury and arsenic exposure in vulnerable populations, particularly in pregnant women".Sounds like an '80s man to me...That was one of the primary conclusions reported by Jordan Bisanz and colleagues [1] (open-access) examining "at-risk populations of pregnant women and in children in Mwanza, Tanzania". The idea being that alongside the use of metal chelating medicines such […]

Jordan E. Bisanz, Megan K. Enos, Joseph R. Mwanga, John Changalucha, Jeremy P. Burton, Gregory B. Gloor & Gregor Reid (2014). Randomized Open-Label Pilot Study of the Influence of Probiotics and the Gut Microbiome on Toxic Metal Levels in Tanzanian Pregnant Women and School Children, mBio, Other:

Citation
+
7:51 AM | Cannabis Use and Psychosis: The Still Difficult Question of Causality
Many studies have linked adolescent cannabis use and risk of becoming psychotic later in life. However, the question of whether cannabis use actually causes some people to become psychotic is a difficult one to answer and the evidence remains inconclusive. Although it is possible that cannabis use could be a direct cause of mental illness, it is also possible that both usage and mental illness are caused by an underlying third factor. In support of this latter theory, a recently published study […]

McLaren JA, Silins E, Hutchinson D, Mattick RP & Hall W (2010). Assessing evidence for a causal link between cannabis and psychosis: a review of cohort studies., The International journal on drug policy, 21 (1) 10-9. PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19783132

Citation
+
1:23 AM | JUST PUBLISHED: Decision Making - Monkey See, Monkey Do (But Not Like a Human)
A great deal is known about how we make simple decisions, right down to the way neurons in our brains connect to translate the things we sense into the responses we make. Some of the most important neural studies of decision-making have used monkeys as an analogue for humans. The broader scope of methodology which can be used with primates has provided information far beyond that obtainable from human experimentation. However, conclusions based on animal experiments may not always translate to […]

Cassey, P., Heathcote, A. & Brown, S. (2014). Brain and Behavior in Decision-Making, PLoS Computational Biology, 10 (7) 1-7. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pcbi.1003700

Citation

November 02, 2014

+
7:11 PM | Boosting Crop Yields via Genetics
Genetic engineering techniques offers many different promises, some of which will obviously come sooner than others. One of those promises was a possible end to famine, while most famine in […]

Z. Lippman et al. (2014). Optimization of crop productivity in tomato using induced mutations in the florigen pathway, Nature Genetics, Other:

Citation
+
2:53 PM | Understanding the past to know more about our future: study finds spikes in carbon dioxide levels correlated with end of last glacial cycle
Scientists often look to the past to understand what will happen in the future.  This is possible because we expect the same natural laws at play then will be the same now and in the years to come.  This is … Continue reading →

Marcott, S., Bauska, T., Buizert, C., Steig, E., Rosen, J., Cuffey, K., Fudge, T., Severinghaus, J., Ahn, J., Kalk, M. & McConnell, J. (2014). Centennial-scale changes in the global carbon cycle during the last deglaciation, Nature, 514 (7524) 616-619. DOI: 10.1038/nature13799

Citation
+
2:47 PM | The heritability of fears
Cyborg © EEGAs many of you know, one of my favorite topics here on the blog is epigenetic inheritance, i.e. the mechanisms that regulate changes in gene expression that can be passed from one generation to the next. Epigenetics has revolutionized the way we look at genetic inheritance: Darwin had taught us that the only way the environment can shape the genome of a species is through natural selection. While this is certainly still true, today we also know that:1) Most of the mutations we […]

Dias, B. & Ressler, K. (2013). Parental olfactory experience influences behavior and neural structure in subsequent generations, Nature Neuroscience, 17 (1) 89-96. DOI: 10.1038/nn.3594

Citation
+
3:55 AM | From realism to interfaces and rationality in evolutionary games
As I was preparing some reading assignments, I realized that I don’t have a single resource available that covers the main ideas of the interface theory of perception, objective versus subjective rationality, and their relationship to evolutionary game theory. I wanted to correct this oversight and use it as opportunity to comment on the philosophy […]

Kaznatcheev, A., Montrey, M. & Shultz, T.R. (2014). Evolving useful delusions: Subjectively rational selfishness leads to objectively irrational cooperation., Proceedings of the 36th annual conference of the cognitive science societ., arXiv: http://arxiv.org/abs/1405.0041v1

Citation

November 01, 2014

+
5:14 PM | Where HIV hides
HIV is hard to get rid of,not because it primarily resides in the blood, but because of where it hides when antiretrovirals drop HIV levels.  So the real question is where […]

Micci L, Alvarez X, Iriele RI, Ortiz AM, Ryan ES, McGary CS, Deleage C, McAtee BB, He T, Apetrei C & Easley K (2014). CD4 Depletion in SIV-Infected Macaques Results in Macrophage and Microglia Infection with Rapid Turnover of Infected Cells., PLoS pathogens, 10 (10) PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25356757

Citation
+
10:07 AM | Early childhood atopy and autism risk
De profundis clamo ad te, domineRegular readers will probably have heard something like this before so I'm sorry if I'm repeating myself: "The presence of any atopic disease in early childhood increased the risk of developing ADHD [attention deficit hyperactivity disorder]... and ASD [autism spectrum disorder]... in later life".So said Mu-Hong Chen and colleagues [1] with yet another 'big data' paper coming out of Taiwan.There is little point in me turning this research into some […]

Chen MH, Su TP, Chen YS, Hsu JW, Huang KL, Chang WH, Chen TJ, Pan TL & Bai YM (2014). Is atopy in early childhood a risk factor for ADHD and ASD? A longitudinal study., Journal of psychosomatic research, 77 (4) 316-21. PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25280829

Citation
+
9:42 AM | Strange, Vampire-like Deer Still Alive in Afghanistan
Musk deers use their distinctive fungs tusks during the rutting season  to compete with other males.Photo shows a Siberian musk deer, a similar and closelyrelated species.Credit: Julie Larsen Maher © WCSIt's been more than 60 years after the last confirmed sighting of the Kashmir musk deer in Afganistan, a strange deer with vampire-like fangs native to Afghanistan, Republic of India, and Pakistan.Now, a new study appearing in the latest edition of the journal Oryx reveals that […]

Ostrowski, S., Rahmani, H., Ali, J., Ali, R. & Zahler, P. (2014). Musk deer Moschus cupreus persist in the eastern forests of Afghanistan, Oryx, 1-6. DOI: 10.1017/S0030605314000611

Citation

October 31, 2014

+
8:05 PM | New Genetic Editing Technique Offers Novel Treatment of Defects
The promises of genetic modifications are endless, longer life, better health, cures for genetic based diseases that would otherwise cause an unimaginable amount of suffering all wiped out. We’ve come a […]

Zuris JA, Thompson DB, Shu Y, Guilinger JP, Bessen JL, Hu JH, Maeder ML, Joung JK, Chen ZY & Liu DR & (2014). Cationic lipid-mediated delivery of proteins enables efficient protein-based genome editing in vitro and in vivo., Nature biotechnology, PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25357182

Citation
+
4:05 PM | I Need How Many Calories? Caloric Needs in Bulimia Nervosa Patients
In the 1980s, a few studies came out suggesting that patients with bulimia nervosa (BN) require fewer calories for weight maintenance than anorexia nervosa patients (e.g., Newman, Halmi, & Marchi, 1987) and healthy female controls (e.g., Gwirtsman et al., 1989). Gwirtsman et al. (1989), after finding that patients with bulimia nervosa required few calories for weight maintenance than healthy volunteers, had these suggestions for clinicians: When bulimic patients are […]

de Zwaan, M., Aslam, Z. & Mitchell, J.E. (2002). Research on energy expenditure in individuals with eating disorders: a review., International Journal of Eating Disorders, 31 (4) 361-9. PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11948641

Gwirtsman, H.E., Kaye, W.H., Obarzanek, E., George, D.T., Jimerson, D.C. & Ebert, M.H. (1989). Decreased caloric intake in normal-weight patients with bulimia: comparison with female volunteers., American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 49 (1) 86-92. PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/2912015

Kotler LA, Devlin MJ, Matthews DE & Walsh BT (2001). Total energy expenditure as measured by doubly-labeled water in outpatients with bulimia nervosa., International Journal of Eating Disorders, 29 (4) 470-6. PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11285585

Citation
+
3:48 PM | Halloween Special: The Drosophila Halloween Genes
In the movies, spooks and phantoms are often undead humans with unfinished business. But would you be afraid of a ghostly fruit fly? In 1995, fruit fly researchers Christiane Nüsslein-Volhard and Eric Wieschaus were awarded a Nobel Prize for their research on development. They were interested in understanding how a fertilized egg develops into a complex […]

Gilbert L.I. (2008). Drosophila is an inclusive model for human diseases, growth and development, Molecular and Cellular Endocrinology, 293 (1-2) 25-31. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.mce.2008.02.009

Gilbert L.I. (2004). Halloween genes encode P450 enzymes that mediate steroid hormone biosynthesis in Drosophila melanogaster, Molecular and Cellular Endocrinology, 215 (1-2) 1-10. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.mce.2003.11.003

Citation
+
3:44 PM | Tissue-specific genome editing in Ciona embryos by CRISPR/Cas9
Researchers have always been interested in tissue-specific loss of function to probe the role of specific genes in embryonic development, cell physiology and disease conditions. Migration of lateral plate primordial germ cells in zebrafish, border cell migration during oogenesis in drosophila, interaction of T-cells with their target, and numerous other cases have continued to give […]

Stolfi, A., Gandhi, S., Salek, F. & Christiaen, L. (2014). Tissue-specific genome editing in Ciona embryos by CRISPR/Cas9, Development, 141 (21) 4115-4120. DOI: 10.1242/dev.114488

Citation
+
3:15 PM | Canonical circuits in neuroscience
Gary Marcus, Adam Marblestone, and Thomas Dean have a nice perspective piece in Science this week on the atoms of neural computation (gated): One hypothesis is that cortical neurons form a single, massively repeated “canonical” circuit, characterized as a kind of a … Continue reading →

Qian, J., Hintze, A. & Adami, C. (2011). Colored Motifs Reveal Computational Building Blocks in the C. elegans Brain, PLoS ONE, 6 (3) DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0017013

Borst, A. (2007). Correlation versus gradient type motion detectors: the pros and cons, Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 362 (1479) 369-374. DOI: 10.1098/rstb.2006.1964

Pfeffer, C. (2014). Inhibitory Neurons: Vip Cells Hit the Brake on Inhibition, Current Biology, 24 (1) DOI: 10.1016/j.cub.2013.11.001

Mysore, S. & Knudsen, E. (2012). Reciprocal Inhibition of Inhibition: A Circuit Motif for Flexible Categorization in Stimulus Selection, Neuron, 73 (1) 193-205. DOI: 10.1016/j.neuron.2011.10.037

Marcus, G., Marblestone, A. & Dean, T. (2014). The atoms of neural computation, Science, 346 (6209) 551-552. DOI: 10.1126/science.1261661

Citation
+
3:14 PM | NS1: It’s all about location, location, location
  Viruses are minimalists when it comes to genomic data. This light packing of genetic information requires that every protein the virus codes for needs to be as versatile as possible. The flavivirus genus is no exception to this; its genome encodes for three structural proteins (capsid, membrane, and envelope) and seven nonstructural proteins (NS1, […]

Muller D.A. (2013). The flavivirus NS1 protein: Molecular and structural biology, immunology, role in pathogenesis and application as a diagnostic biomarker, Antiviral Research, 98 (2) 192-208. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.antiviral.2013.03.008

Crook K.R., Clayton R. Morrison & Frank Scholle (2014). Modulation of innate immune signaling by the secreted form of the West Nile virus NS1 glycoprotein, Virology, 458-459 172-182. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.virol.2014.04.036

Akey D.L., S. Dutta, J. Konwerski, J. Jose, T. J. Jurkiw, J. DelProposto, C. M. Ogata, G. Skiniotis, R. J. Kuhn & J. L. Smith & (2014). Flavivirus NS1 Structures Reveal Surfaces for Associations with Membranes and the Immune System, Science, 343 (6173) 881-885. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1126/science.1247749

Citation
+
9:06 AM | Caesarean section births and autism risk?
It was a familiar story. Big media headlines such as: Caesarean sections 'may increase risk of autism' appearing all over, but when it came to finding the study behind the headlines, the publishing journal seemed to be trailing a little way behind. We've been in a similar situation before."As the flames rose to her Roman nose"Anyhow, the paper by Eileen Curran and colleagues [1] (open-access) has finally made it to the research table and hence is fodder for today's ramblings with the […]

Curran EA, O'Neill SM, Cryan JF, Kenny LC, Dinan TG, Khashan AS & Kearney PM (2014). Research Review: Birth by caesarean section and development of autism spectrum disorder and attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder: a systematic review and meta-analysis., Journal of child psychology and psychiatry, and allied disciplines, PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25348074

Citation

October 30, 2014

+
7:45 PM | Zombies: Science Fiction vs. Fact
Well in the spirit of Halloween I thought I would make a nice little zombie post. Zombies, those brain loving little guys, [and girls] are everywhere. From shows like The Walking […]

Lafferty KD (2006). Can the common brain parasite, Toxoplasma gondii, influence human culture?, Proceedings. Biological sciences / The Royal Society, 273 (1602) 2749-55. PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17015323

Vyas A, Kim SK, Giacomini N, Boothroyd JC & Sapolsky RM (2007). Behavioral changes induced by Toxoplasma infection of rodents are highly specific to aversion of cat odors., Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 104 (15) 6442-7. PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17404235

Passamonti L, Crockett MJ, Apergis-Schoute AM, Clark L, Rowe JB, Calder AJ & Robbins TW (2012). Effects of acute tryptophan depletion on prefrontal-amygdala connectivity while viewing facial signals of aggression., Biological psychiatry, 71 (1) 36-43. PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21920502

Thomas, F., Schmidt-Rhaesa, A., Martin, G., Manu, C., Durand, P. & Renaud, F. (2002). Do hairworms (Nematomorpha) manipulate the water seeking behaviour of their terrestrial hosts?, Journal of Evolutionary Biology, 15 (3) 356-361. DOI: 10.1046/j.1420-9101.2002.00410.x

W. Wesołowska T. Wesołowski (2014). Do Leucochloridium sporocysts manipulate the behaviour of their snail hosts?, Journal of Zoology , 292 (3) 151-155. Other:

Citation
+
1:57 PM | Resourceful Crustaceans Turn Invasive Seaweed into Homes
When a new developer comes to town and starts aggressively building up the empty property around your home, you can get mad—or you can move in. That’s what tiny crustaceans in the Georgia mudflats have done. Facing an invasive Japanese seaweed, they’ve discovered that it makes excellent shelter, protecting them from all kinds of threats. […]The post Resourceful Crustaceans Turn Invasive Seaweed into Homes appeared first on Inkfish.

Wright, J., Byers, J., DeVore, J. & Sotka, E. (2014). Engineering or food? mechanisms of facilitation by a habitat-forming invasive seaweed, Ecology, 95 (10) 2699-2706. DOI: 10.1890/14-0127.1

Citation
+
11:38 AM | Fright Week: The Stranger in the Mirror
In the mirror we see our physical selves as we truly are, even though the image might not live up to what we want, or what we once were. But we recognize the image as “self”. In rare instances, however, this reality breaks down.In Black Swan, Natalie Portman plays Nina Sayers, a ballerina who auditions for the lead in Swan Lake. The role requires her to dance the part of the innocent White Swan (for which she is well-suited), as well as her evil twin the Black Swan — which is […]

Barnier AJ, Cox RE, Connors M, Langdon R & Coltheart M (2011). A stranger in the looking glass: developing and challenging a hypnotic mirrored-self misidentification delusion., The International journal of clinical and experimental hypnosis, 59 (1) 1-26. PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21104482

Chandra SR & Issac TG (2014). Mirror image agnosia., Indian journal of psychological medicine, 36 (4) 400-3. PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25336773

Connors MH & Coltheart M (2011). On the behaviour of senile dementia patients vis-à-vis the mirror: Ajuriaguerra, Strejilevitch and Tissot (1963)., Neuropsychologia, 49 (7) 1679-92. PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21356221

Mendez MF, Martin RJ, Smyth KA & Whitehouse PJ (1992). Disturbances of person identification in Alzheimer's disease. A retrospective study., The Journal of nervous and mental disease, 180 (2) 94-6. PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/1737981

Citation
Editor's Pick
+
8:44 AM | Pain and adolescent Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
"We found a higher prevalence of severe pain among adolescents with CFS [Chronic Fatigue Syndrome] and lowered pain thresholds compared with HCs [healthy controls]".That was the headline generated by the study from Anette Winger and colleagues [1] (open-access) looking to describe several parameters tied into experience of pain in the context of CFS. Further: "The total sum of bodily symptoms represented a heavy burden with great functional consequences".Your hokey pokey […]

Winger, A., Kvarstein, G., Wyller, V., Sulheim, D., Fagermoen, E., Smastuen, M. & Helseth, S. (2014). Pain and pressure pain thresholds in adolescents with chronic fatigue syndrome and healthy controls: a cross-sectional study, BMJ Open, 4 (10) DOI: 10.1136/bmjopen-2014-005920

Citation

October 29, 2014

+
10:29 PM | Electron Paramagnetic Resonance of hair!
I wanted to switch gears a bit and do a paper on Electron Paramagnetic Resonance (EPR), also know as Electron Spin Resonance (ESR).  The paper for this weeks isElectron spin resonance (ESR/EPR) of free radicals observed in human red hair: a new, simple empirical method of determination of pheomelanin/eumelanin ratio in hair.byChikvaidze EN, Partskhaladze TM and Gogoladze […]

Chikvaidze, E., Partskhaladze, T. & Gogoladze, T. (2014). Electron spin resonance (ESR/EPR) of free radicals observed in human red hair: a new, simple empirical method of determination of pheomelanin/eumelanin ratio in hair, Magnetic Resonance in Chemistry, 52 (7) 377-382. DOI: 10.1002/mrc.4075

Citation
+
7:19 PM | More Genetic Links Behind Autism
Vaccines do NOT cause autism. One more time, vaccines DO NOT cause autism. So what does cause autism, that problem has been plaguing scientists for awhile now. Thankfully two major […]

Iossifov, I., O’Roak, B., Sanders, S., Ronemus, M., Krumm, N., Levy, D., Stessman, H., Witherspoon, K., Vives, L., Patterson, K. & Smith, J. (2014). The contribution of de novo coding mutations to autism spectrum disorder, Nature, DOI: 10.1038/nature13908

De Rubeis, S., He, X., Goldberg, A., Poultney, C., Samocha, K., Ercument Cicek, A., Kou, Y., Liu, L., Fromer, M., Walker, S. & Singh, T. (2014). Synaptic, transcriptional and chromatin genes disrupted in autism, Nature, DOI: 10.1038/nature13772

Citation
+
5:10 PM | This Month in Blastocystis Research (OCT 2014) - Trick or Treat Edition
Over the past 30 days I've hardly had any time to focus on Blastocystis. I've been busy preparing for and attending UEGWeek 2014, preparing abstracts for next year's ECCMID conference in Copenhagen, and I've also put a lot of effort into preparing proposals for this round of grant calls from the Danish Council for Independent Research.  Among other things, we are applying for money to develop DNA-probe based diagnostics, including a unique software, for use in the clinical microbiology lab […]

Fletcher S, Caprarelli G, Merif J, Andresen D, Hal SV, Stark D & Ellis J (2014). Epidemiology and geographical distribution of enteric protozoan infections in sydney, australia., Journal of public health research, 3 (2) 298. PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25343139

Nagel R, Bielefeldt-Ohmann H & Traub R (2014). Clinical pilot study: efficacy of triple antibiotic therapy in Blastocystis positive irritable bowel syndrome patients., Gut pathogens, 6 34. PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25349629

Nowack EC & Melkonian M (2010). Endosymbiotic associations within protists., Philosophical transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Biological sciences, 365 (1541) 699-712. PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20124339

Prodeus TV, Zelia OP, Khlebnikova TA & Pikul' DA (2014). [Extraenteric infection caused by Blastocystis spp. in a female patient with liver abscess]., Meditsinskaia parazitologiia i parazitarnye bolezni, (2) 6-9. PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25296418

Citation
12345
146 Results