Sunday, October 23, 2005

Agriculture the worst mistake ever and why you should eat dirt

I have so far read two chapters of Jared Diamond's Guns, Germs and Steel and highly recommend them (I anticipate the rest of the book will also be worth reading). Diamond puts an interesting perspective on human history. Here's a sample of some of his other ideas:


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Saturday, October 22, 2005

Translational regulation, Innate immunity

A few recent papers I came across with maybe some implications for understanding translational regulation. Also an interesting one on a new role for a mitochondrial protein in innate immune signalling. Not that I've read them...if anyone does be sure to give me the low-down!


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Friday, October 21, 2005

Panda-Dover trial

For those who follow this trial, about whether creationism should be taught in science class you'll get a kick out of this article. It seems that after failing to demonstrate that creationism could be considered a scientific theory, they decided to change the definition of a theory. Under this new definition hopefully flyingspaghettimonsterism will be tought to our children.


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Saturday, October 15, 2005

Nature Podcasts, RNA Wars and Scary Medicine

  • Nature now has a free podcast. Check it out.
  • Are microRNAs ancient remnants from an RNA-world arms race? Viruses produce miRNAs to manipulate the host cell during infection. Likewise cells can make miRNAs of their own as an anti-viral defense. The latest findings are reviewed in Molecular Cell.
  • Just in time for Halloween - vintage drug ads! Very entertaining in a sci-fi horror kind of way.
    WARNING: SOME IMAGES MAY CAUSE ANXIETY, HALLUCINATIONS AND/OR NIGHTMARES.


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Friday, October 14, 2005

Canadian Research at its Best

What can a canadian scientist with depressed rats, a bag of weed and too much time on his hands do? Well publish in JCI! I knew all along that it made your neurons grow man ... oooh cheetos!


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Speaking of Evolution...

This paper in PNAS about evolution of antibodies Vs. HIV is dope!


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Hot Papers

If you want to check out the most cited papers on a monthly basis check out this site. Always a fun read!


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Trivia Night

The new season of Trivia is upon us. I will host the first trivia night on monday Oct 24. Brace yourself for some really geeky questions as usual...


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Tuesday, October 11, 2005

IA updates

uh huh,
IA updates


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Friday, October 07, 2005

Cancer stem cells and Drosophila tumour suppressors


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