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  • November 30, 1999
  • 12:00 AM

Friday Weird Science GUEST POST: The distance between your testicles and your anus, 'taint unimportant

by Allie Wilkinson in OH, FOR THE LOVE OF SCIENCE!

A Friday Weird Science guest post on Neurotic Physiology takes a humorous look at anogenital distance and its implication for fertility in adult males.... Read more »

  • November 30, 1999
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Science and The Secret: Can beliefs create reality?

by Juli Breines in Psych Your Mind

A popular series argues that positive thoughts attract positive events. What does psychology research have to say?... Read more »

  • November 30, 1999
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STSE Education Research

by Jack Hassard in The Art of Teaching Science

Review of research on Science, Technology, Society, Environmental Education research... Read more »

  • November 30, 1999
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Why caffeine jacks you up

by DJ in Neuropoly

Recapping a cool study that locates where the receptors underlying the arousing effects of caffeine live in the brain....... Read more »

Lazarus M, Shen HY, Cherasse Y, Qu WM, Huang ZL, Bass CE, Winsky-Sommerer R, Semba K, Fredholm BB, Boison D.... (2011) Arousal Effect of Caffeine Depends on Adenosine A2A Receptors in the Shell of the Nucleus Accumbens. The Journal of neuroscience : the official journal of the Society for Neuroscience, 31(27), 10067-10075. PMID: 21734299  

  • November 30, 1999
  • 12:00 AM

HIV vaccine research: Protein which train B cells for production of antibodies against HIV which successfully neutralize HIV

by B V Waghmare in HIV virus and antiretroviral drugs and antiAIDS vaccine research and developmets

HIV virus rapidly undergoes mutation, which is main hurdle in developing vaccine against HIV.There is a region on HIV virus which shows less variations, called as Cd4 binding site ,therefore a protein which stimulate antibody formation against this region can be developed and used as a vaccine.
Researchers at Vaccine Research Center (VRC) and the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), National Institutes of Health have studied genes which code for such proteins which can........ Read more »

B V Waghmare. (2011) HIV vaccine development : Proteins which trains B Cells for production of antibodies which successfully neutralize HIV by binding with it . info:/(DOI/arXiv/etc.)

  • November 30, 1999
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Simpler LCP-based crystallization

by Peter Nollert in Protein Crystallization Blog

For all those that are interested in simplifying membrane protein crystallization trials, you may want to check out this paper on the topic of 'simplifying LCP-based crystallization':

Wallace E, Dranow D, Laible PD, Christensen J, & Nollert P (2011). Monoolein lipid phases as incorporation and enrichment materials for membrane protein crystallization. PloS one, 6 (8) PMID: 21909395... Read more »

  • November 30, 1999
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Communication as a network problem

by Becky in It Takes 30

I recently gave a short talk to a group of post-docs who had organized their own mini-symposium and workshop as a way of bringing the Harvard post-doc community in systems biology together. Those of you who haven’t worked in the Boston area may be surprised that we need special events to bring together a community that is separated by only ~4 miles, but in fact the trip from Harvard’s main campus in Cambridge to Harvard Medical School in Boston is a frustrating and lengthy one. Mu........ Read more »

  • November 30, 1999
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Coffee: a caffeinated chronicle

by Jordan Gaines in Gaines, on Brains

Because I like to understand what I'm putting in my body, I decided to explore coffee: its history, its neurological mechanism, and—what I'm sure everyone's dying to know—why it is so easy to become addicted and dependent on it.... Read more »

Cocker PJ, Hosking JG, Benoit J, & Winstanley CA. (2012) Sensitivity to Cognitive Effort Mediates Psychostimulant Effects on a Novel Rodent Cost/Benefit Decision-Making Task. Neuropsychopharmacology : official publication of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology. PMID: 22453140  

  • November 30, 1999
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Mapping future climate space

by brettcherry in Institute of Hazard, Risk and Resilience Blog

By mapping climate suitability for plant species researchers are able to understand how climate change can affect biodiversity or determine suitable climates in the future for different plants. ... Read more »

  • November 30, 1999
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Your Good Side Is the Left Side, According to Science

by United Academics in United Academics

Don’t give it any more thought: according to scientists, left side of the face usually looks better, mainly because it’s more expressive than the right side. Researchers at the Wake Forest University showed a series of photographs to 37 people, some of them mirror-reversed, so the viewers wouldn’t know which side they were looking at. In most cases, they chose the left side no matter where it was in the picture.... Read more »

  • November 30, 1999
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“Beware of Exercise” is a Sexy Headline

by nooffensebut in The Unsilenced Science

A new study that raised concerns about exercise should instead raise concerns about obesity.... Read more »

Claude Bouchard, Steven Blair, Timothy Church, Conrad Earnest, James Hagberg, Keijo Häkkinen, Nathan Jenkins, Laura Karavirta, William Kraus, Arthur Leon.... (2012) Adverse Metabolic Response to Regular Exercise: Is It a Rare or Common Occurrence?. PLOS One, 7(5). info:/10.1371/journal.pone.0037887

  • November 30, 1999
  • 12:00 AM

Fossil ears and ancient primate locomotion

by W. Andrew Barr in W. Andrew Barr's Paleoecology Blog

Discussion of a recent study on anthropoid primate locomotion as indicated by the semi-circular canal. ... Read more »

  • November 30, 1999
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Evidence that financial analysis is biased

by Adriana Wilner in Academic Radar

According to a recent study, investment analysts in US were less optimistic in their recommendations after the banks they work for were sanctioned. However, clients did not gain anything with that change.... Read more »

  • November 30, 1999
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Methylomes in Lethal Prostate Cancer Support Personalized Medicine

by Nicole Kelesoglu in E3 Engaging Epigenetics Experts

Recent surprising evidence has shown that metastatic tumors usually do not vary in their genomes within an individual. Yet, these tumors behave differently at different sites around the body. Does that mean that epigenetic profiling will be too variable to target for cancer treatment? In a word, no.... Read more »

  • November 30, 1999
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Drinking is Healthy

by Anton Power in BioMed Weekly

Response to absurd assertion that alcoholic beverages are simply vices.... Read more »

Frozza, R., Bernardi, A., Hoppe, J., Meneghetti, A., Matté, A., Battastini, A., Pohlmann, A., Guterres, S., & Salbego, C. (2013) Neuroprotective Effects of Resveratrol Against Aβ Administration in Rats are Improved by Lipid-Core Nanocapsules. Molecular Neurobiology. DOI: 10.1007/s12035-013-8401-2  

  • November 30, 1999
  • 12:00 AM

a little bit of unpredictable stress everyday

by Mitchell Harden in Mitch's Blog

That is the recipe for depression. Chronic Mild Stress (CMS). Or at least it is the recipe I used to depress rats. As I mentioned earlier I worked with rats to research the mood-effects of Salvia. One important piece of this research was the idea that a depressed brain is different than a healthy brain and may respond differently to drug exposure. So in order to apply that in rats, I needed a way to create depressed rats. For me, that meant using CMS.
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  • November 30, 1999
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How Reliable Are Neuroimages?

by Tonya Sudiono in United Academics

Because of neuroscience, we are confronted with more and more pictures of brains in the newspapers and other media. But how reliable are these neuroimages? Here's what you didn’t know about neuroimaging techniques yet.... Read more »

  • November 30, 1999
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How to make rice better for you and the environment

by Betty Zou in Eat, Read, Science

An innovative way of rice preparation that removes more arsenic than the conventional method of cooking and a new strain of high-starch, low-methane rice are discussed.... Read more »

  • November 30, 1999
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Ultrasound might increase autism severity

by vitul in Think, Ask and Resolve

According to a study by University of Washington researchers, diagnostic ultrasound in the first trimester of pregnancy is linked to increased autism severity in the child.... Read more »

  • November 30, 1999
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Impairment of neurogenesis in ZIKV infected neuronal cells: strain specific ? Asian/American v. African strains

by thelonevirologist in Virology Tidbits

During the current Zika Virus (ZIKV) outbreaks in the Americas, an increased number of cognitive malformations including but not limited to microcephaly in foetuses and neonates of mothers who had been infected with ZIKV during pregnancy, lead to the conclusion that ZIKV might be neuroteratogenic, a hypothesis that has been supported by findings that various ZIKV strains –including isolates from Asia such ZIKV SZ 01, ZIKV FSS13025 and H/PF/2013 as well as isolates from the Americas such a........ Read more »

Li H, Saucedo-Cuevas L, Shresta S, & Gleeson JG. (2016) The Neurobiology of Zika Virus. Neuron, 92(5), 949-958. PMID: 27930910  

van den Pol AN, Mao G, Yang Y, Ornaghi S, & Davis JN. (2017) Zika virus targeting in the developing brain. The Journal of neuroscience : the official journal of the Society for Neuroscience. PMID: 28123079  

Li H, Saucedo-Cuevas L, Regla-Nava JA, Chai G, Sheets N, Tang W, Terskikh AV, Shresta S, & Gleeson JG. (2016) Zika Virus Infects Neural Progenitors in the Adult Mouse Brain and Alters Proliferation. Cell stem cell, 19(5), 593-598. PMID: 27545505  

Tang H, Hammack C, Ogden SC, Wen Z, Qian X, Li Y, Yao B, Shin J, Zhang F, Lee EM.... (2016) Zika Virus Infects Human Cortical Neural Progenitors and Attenuates Their Growth. Cell stem cell, 18(5), 587-90. PMID: 26952870  

Garcez PP, Nascimento JM, de Vasconcelos JM, Madeiro da Costa R, Delvecchio R, Trindade P, Loiola EC, Higa LM, Cassoli JS, Vitória G.... (2017) Zika virus disrupts molecular fingerprinting of human neurospheres. Scientific reports, 40780. PMID: 28112162  

Gabriel, E., Ramani, A., Karow, U., Gottardo, M., Natarajan, K., Gooi, L., Goranci-Buzhala, G., Krut, O., Peters, F., Nikolic, M.... (2017) Recent Zika Virus Isolates Induce Premature Differentiation of Neural Progenitors in Human Brain Organoids. Cell Stem Cell. DOI: 10.1016/j.stem.2016.12.005  

Gromley A, Jurczyk A, Sillibourne J, Halilovic E, Mogensen M, Groisman I, Blomberg M, & Doxsey S. (2003) A novel human protein of the maternal centriole is required for the final stages of cytokinesis and entry into S phase. The Journal of cell biology, 161(3), 535-45. PMID: 12732615  

Meitinger F, Anzola JV, Kaulich M, Richardson A, Stender JD, Benner C, Glass CK, Dowdy SF, Desai A, Shiau AK.... (2016) 53BP1 and USP28 mediate p53 activation and G1 arrest after centrosome loss or extended mitotic duration. The Journal of cell biology, 214(2), 155-66. PMID: 27432897  

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