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  • September 24, 2015
  • 04:12 PM

Where Does Optimism Reside in the Brain?

by Marie Benz in Interview with: Dr. Sanda Dolcos PhD Post-doc Fellow University of Illinois Medical Research: What are the main findings? Dr. Dolcos : With its high prevalence rate, anxiety is a pressing concern in our society. Identifying psychological and neural markers … Continue reading →
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  • September 24, 2015
  • 03:57 PM

Herpes Zoster/Shingles Vaccine Not Found Cost Effective In Patients Under 60

by Marie Benz in Interview with: Phuc Le, Ph.D., M.P.H. Center for Value-Based Care Research, Medicine Institute Cleveland, OH  Medical Research: What is the background for this study? What are the main findings? Dr. Phuc Le: The live attenuated herpes zoster vaccine is … Continue reading →
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  • September 24, 2015
  • 03:42 PM

Telemedicine Post-Op Visits Preferred By Patients in Pilot Study

by Marie Benz in Interview with: Michael A. Vella, M.D. Veterans Affairs Medical Center Vanderbilt University, Nashville Medical Research: What is the background for this study? What are the main findings? Dr. Vella: We are fortunate to take care of Veterans from all … Continue reading →
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  • September 24, 2015
  • 02:59 PM

Mexico City’s air pollution has detrimental impact on Alzheimer’s disease gene

by Dr. Jekyll in Lunatic Laboratories

A new study by researchers heightens concerns over the detrimental impact of air pollution on hippocampal metabolites as early markers of neurodegeneration in young urbanites carrying an allele 4 of the apolipoprotein E gene (APOE). This is associated with the risk for Alzheimer disease (AD) and a susceptibility marker for poor outcome in traumatic brain injury (TBI) recovery.... Read more »

  • September 24, 2015
  • 02:55 PM

Which Patients on Warfarin Need Repeat CT Scan after Head Injury?

by Marie Benz in Interview with: Dr Lim Beng Leong MBBS, MRCS (A&E), FAMS Jurong Health Services Emergency Department, Singapore  Medical Research: What is the background for this study? What are the main findings? Dr. Leong: It is common in the emergency department to … Continue reading →
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  • September 24, 2015
  • 09:05 AM

Ice, Ice Baby: Bringing Frozen Viruses Back To “Life”

by Bill Sullivan in The 'Scope

It sounds like the beginning of a sci-fi/horror movie: scientists recently revived a 30,000 year old virus from Siberian ice. How...and WHY would they do this?!... Read more »

Legendre, M., Lartigue, A., Bertaux, L., Jeudy, S., Bartoli, J., Lescot, M., Alempic, J., Ramus, C., Bruley, C., Labadie, K.... (2015) In-depth study of , a new 30,000-y-old giant virus infecting . Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 201510795. DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1510795112  

Legendre, M., Bartoli, J., Shmakova, L., Jeudy, S., Labadie, K., Adrait, A., Lescot, M., Poirot, O., Bertaux, L., Bruley, C.... (2014) Thirty-thousand-year-old distant relative of giant icosahedral DNA viruses with a pandoravirus morphology. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 111(11), 4274-4279. DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1320670111  

  • September 24, 2015
  • 05:24 AM

Put more effort into a project and you'll become more passionate about it

by BPS Research Digest in BPS Research Digest

The entrepreneur is one of the archetypes of our age, defined above all – if countless commencement speeches and hagiographies are anything to go by – by the passion they hold for their business, allowing them to devote so much to it. New research by Michael Gielnik and colleagues published in the Academy of Management Journal suggests this common belief has things backwards: in fact entrepreneurs get passionate because they get stuck in.The first study spent eight weeks surveying 54 German ........ Read more »

  • September 24, 2015
  • 05:07 AM

The comforting power of comedy is due to more than just distraction

by BPS Research Digest in BPS Research Digest

By guest blogger David RobsonWhen screenwriter Nora Ephron's mother was on her deathbed, she had one instruction: "Take notes". For the family of writers and raconteurs, no event was too painful to be burned in the crucible of their wit. "Everything," Ephron Senior said, "is copy". Nora Ephron applied the philosophy religiously with the semi-autobiographical novel and film Heartburn, documenting her husband's cruel affair with "a fairly tall person with a neck as long as an arm and a nose as lon........ Read more »

  • September 24, 2015
  • 04:28 AM

HERVs as a mechanism of genetic deletion formation: relevance to some autism?

by Paul Whiteley in Questioning Answers

My stark lack of knowledge in the area of genetics and specifically that linked to the human endogenous retroviruses (HERVs) that litter the genome is likely to shine through in this post so be ready with that pinch of salt.The starting point for today's post is the paper by Ines Quintela and colleagues [1] detailing a case report of "a 9-year-old female patient with autistic disorder, total absence of language, intellectual disability, anxiety disorder and disruptive, and compulsive e........ Read more »

  • September 24, 2015
  • 02:38 AM

Oil droplet pollution and marine fish embryos development

by sceintists from the Marine group at CEES in Marine Science blog

The toxicity resulting from exposure to oil droplets in marine fish embryos and larvae is still subject for debate while at the same time worldwide energy demands have resulted in increased hydrocarbon extraction activity.

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Sørhus, E., Edvardsen, R., Karlsen, Ø., Nordtug, T., van der Meeren, T., Thorsen, A., Harman, C., Jentoft, S., & Meier, S. (2015) Unexpected Interaction with Dispersed Crude Oil Droplets Drives Severe Toxicity in Atlantic Haddock Embryos. PLOS ONE, 10(4). DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0124376  

  • September 23, 2015
  • 03:27 PM

What motivates ‘Facebook stalking’ after a romantic breakup?

by Dr. Jekyll in Lunatic Laboratories

Social networking makes it easy to monitor the status and activities of a former romantic partner, an often unhealthy use of social media known as interpersonal electronic surveillance (IES) or, more commonly, “Facebook stalking.” Psychological and relationship factors and how individuals cope with the termination of a romantic relationship can help predict their use of online surveillance, according to a new study.... Read more »

  • September 23, 2015
  • 02:12 PM

Ask students about religion, and they’ll tell you they drink less

by Tom Rees in Epiphenom

Religious people tend to drink less than non-religious people. We know that because, well because when you ask them, that’s what they tell you. But here’s the thing. We know that what people tell interviewers can vary with the circumstances that they find themselves in. Indeed, it can vary quite a lot from reality. People [Read More...]... Read more »

Rodriguez, L., Neighbors, C., & Foster, D. (2014) Priming effects of self-reported drinking and religiosity. Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, 28(1), 1-9. DOI: 10.1037/a0031828  

  • September 23, 2015
  • 02:10 PM

Phages fight back: how anti-CRISPRs interfere with the bacterial immune system

by Betty Zou in Eat, Read, Science

Bacteriophages encode anti-CRISPR genes that block the activity of the CRISPR-Cas system. In a paper published in Nature this week, researchers show that anti-CRISPRs inhibit CRISPR-Cas activity through distinct mechanisms. ... Read more »

Bondy-Denomy, J., Garcia, B., Strum, S., Du, M., Rollins, M., Hidalgo-Reyes, Y., Wiedenheft, B., Maxwell, K., & Davidson, A. (2015) Multiple mechanisms for CRISPR–Cas inhibition by anti-CRISPR proteins. Nature. DOI: 10.1038/nature15254  

  • September 23, 2015
  • 11:00 AM

The BMJ requires data sharing to publish clinical trials

by SciELO in SciELO in Perspective

Increased publication of clinical trial outcomes has been promoted by regional and global initiatives in order to increase transparency, reproducibility and reliability of the assays. The BMJ follows this movement, becoming the first journal to require availability of individual patient data, anonymously and upon request, as a prerequisite for publication. … Read More →... Read more »

  • September 23, 2015
  • 09:39 AM

Video Tip of the Week: UCSC Xena System for functional and cancer genomics

by Mary in OpenHelix

When we go out and do workshops, we get a lot of requests from researchers who would like some guidance on cancer genomics tools. Our particular mission has been to aim more broadly at tools that are of wide interest and not to focus on a particular disease or condition area. But certainly the cancer […]... Read more »

Cline, M., Craft, B., Swatloski, T., Goldman, M., Ma, S., Haussler, D., & Zhu, J. (2013) Exploring TCGA Pan-Cancer Data at the UCSC Cancer Genomics Browser. Scientific Reports. DOI: 10.1038/srep02652  

Cheng PF, Dummer R, & Levesque MP. (2015) Data mining The Cancer Genome Atlas in the era of precision cancer medicine. Swiss Med Wkly. info:/10.4414/smw.2015.14183

  • September 23, 2015
  • 09:09 AM

Who Died In The Leprosarium of Saint-Thomas d’Aizier?

by Katy Meyers Emery in Bones Don't Lie

Leprosy is a fascinating disease- not just for its effects, but for the social implications of having the disease. Leprosy was an epidemic disease that not only infected millions of […]... Read more »

  • September 23, 2015
  • 08:51 AM

“Eppur (non) si muove”: why cellular movements may not be essential to the formation of Turing patterns in biology.

by D. Bullara in the Node

D. Bullara* and Y. De Decker *   When Catarina Vicente (Community Manager of “The Node”) proposed us to write a post about our recent paper on pattern formation in zebrafish [Bullara2015] we were very glad for the opportunity she was giving us to tell the background story about our work in this blog. We[...]

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De Decker Y, Tsekouras GA, Provata A, Erneux T, & Nicolis G. (2004) Propagating waves in one-dimensional discrete networks of coupled units. Physical review. E, Statistical, nonlinear, and soft matter physics, 69(3 Pt 2), 36203. PMID: 15089388  

Hamada, H., Watanabe, M., Lau, H., Nishida, T., Hasegawa, T., Parichy, D., & Kondo, S. (2013) Involvement of Delta/Notch signaling in zebrafish adult pigment stripe patterning. Development, 141(2), 318-324. DOI: 10.1242/dev.099804  

Nakamasu, A., Takahashi, G., Kanbe, A., & Kondo, S. (2009) Interactions between zebrafish pigment cells responsible for the generation of Turing patterns. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 106(21), 8429-8434. DOI: 10.1073/pnas.0808622106  

Turing, A. (1952) The Chemical Basis of Morphogenesis. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 237(641), 37-72. DOI: 10.1098/rstb.1952.0012  

  • September 23, 2015
  • 08:30 AM

Cluck Click! Training Chickens Reveals Their Intelligence

by CAPB in Companion Animal Psychology Blog

Teaching a trick to a chicken increases beliefs that chickens are intelligent and can feel emotions.Learning how to train chickens changes student’s attitudes towards them, according to a new study by Susan Hazel, Lisel O’Dwyer (both University of Adelaide) and Terry Ryan (Legacy Canine). The chickens were trained to do a specific task (such as pecking on a red but not green circle) in order to get food. Survey responses before and after the class show more positive attitudes after the ........ Read more »

  • September 23, 2015
  • 08:10 AM

Twins Versus Siblings, Where’s The Line?

by Mark Lasbury in As Many Exceptions As Rules

What makes two babies twins? Do they have to look similar; be born at the same time; be conceived at the same time? Twins of different races give us idea just how genetics can play out in siblings and how complex the control of skin pigmentation, hair and eye color and hair texture can be.... Read more »

Duffy DL, Montgomery GW, Chen W, Zhao ZZ, Le L, James MR, Hayward NK, Martin NG, & Sturm RA. (2007) A three-single-nucleotide polymorphism haplotype in intron 1 of OCA2 explains most human eye-color variation. American journal of human genetics, 80(2), 241-52. PMID: 17236130  

Maroñas, O., Phillips, C., Söchtig, J., Gomez-Tato, A., Cruz, R., Alvarez-Dios, J., de Cal, M., Ruiz, Y., Fondevila, M., Carracedo, �.... (2014) Development of a forensic skin colour predictive test. Forensic Science International: Genetics, 34-44. DOI: 10.1016/j.fsigen.2014.06.017  

  • September 23, 2015
  • 07:39 AM

What about Lignin?

by ragothamanyennamalli in Getting to know Structural Bioinformatics

Biofuel prodcution involves removing Lignin from the biomass, in fact efficient removal so that Lignin and its by-products do not inhibit the enzymatic process that follows. But, what happens to the Lignin? ... Read more »

Bourzac, K. (2015) Inner Workings: Paving with plants. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 112(38), 11743-11744. DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1509010112  

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