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  • April 26, 2015
  • 11:53 PM

FDA says no to marketing FDDNP for CTE

by The Neurocritic in The Neurocritic

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently admonished TauMark™, a brain diagnostics company, for advertising brain scans that can diagnose chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), Alzheimer's disease, and other types of dementia. The Los Angeles Times reported that the FDA ordered UCLA researcher Dr. Gary Small and his colleague/business partner Dr. Jorge Barrio to remove misleading information from their company website (example shown below).CTE has been in the news because the neurodegene........ Read more »

Barrio, J., Small, G., Wong, K., Huang, S., Liu, J., Merrill, D., Giza, C., Fitzsimmons, R., Omalu, B., Bailes, J.... (2015) In vivo characterization of chronic traumatic encephalopathy using [F-18]FDDNP PET brain imaging. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 201409952. DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1409952112  

Zimmer, E., Leuzy, A., Gauthier, S., & Rosa-Neto, P. (2014) Developments in Tau PET Imaging. The Canadian Journal of Neurological Sciences, 41(05), 547-553. DOI: 10.1017/cjn.2014.15  

  • April 26, 2015
  • 03:14 PM

Fatal attraction: the intuitive appeal of GMO opposition

by Dr. Jekyll in Lunatic Laboratories

A team of Belgian philosophers and plant biotechnologists have turned to cognitive science to explain why opposition to genetically modified organisms (GMOs) has become so widespread, despite positive contributions GM crops have made to sustainable agriculture. They argue that the human mind is highly susceptible to the negative and often emotional representations put out by certain environmental groups and other opponents of GMOs. The researchers urge the general public to form opinions on GMOs........ Read more »

Blancke, S., Van Breusegem, F., De Jaeger, G., Braeckman, J., & Van Montagu, M. (2015) Fatal attraction: the intuitive appeal of GMO opposition. Trends in Plant Science. DOI: 10.1016/j.tplants.2015.03.011  

  • April 26, 2015
  • 02:48 PM

Single Pill Combination Therapy For Some Hepatitis C Subtypes

by Marie Benz in Medical Research Interviews and News Interview with: Stefan Zeuzem, MD Professor of Medicine Chief Department of Medicine Goethe University Hospital Frankfurt Medical Research: What is the background for this study? What are the main findings? Dr. Zeuzem: Interferon- and ribavirin-free regimens are needed to … Continue reading →
The post Single Pill Combination Therapy For Some Hepatitis C Subtypes appeared first on Medical ........ Read more » Interview with: Stefan Zeuzem, MD. (2015) Single Pill Combination Therapy For Some Hepatitis C Subtypes. info:/

  • April 26, 2015
  • 01:47 PM

Genetic Basis of Transcriptome Diversity in Drosophila melanogaster

by Dave Bridges in Metabolism Preprints

This preprint from Trudy Mackay‘s group at NC State uses a recombinant inbred series of flies known as the Drosophila Genome Reference Panel (DGRP) to evaluate how genetic variation affects transcription.  To do this they extracted RNA from whole flies, pooled from males and females of each of the 192 recombinant inbred fly lines.  They fit…... Read more »

Wen Huang, Mary Anna Carbone, Michael Magwire, Jason Peiffer, Richard Lyman, Eric Stone, Robert Anholt, & Trudy Mackay. (2015) Genetic Basis of Transcriptome Diversity in Drosophila melanogaster. bioRxiv. info:/10.1101/018325

  • April 26, 2015
  • 10:27 AM

The Story Behind the Paper: The role of TORC1 in muscle development in Drosophila

by Dave Bridges in Bridges Lab Commentaries

A summary of our recent paper on the role of the TORC1 complex in drosophila muscle function... Read more »

Hatfield, I., Harvey, I., Yates, E., Redd, J., Reiter, L., & Bridges, D. (2015) The role of TORC1 in muscle development in Drosophila. Scientific Reports, 9676. DOI: 10.1038/srep09676  

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