The Corpus Callosum

Linkfest Monday

I am not feeling well today, so here is a low-overhead (for me) set of
links.  Anything thoughtful that goes up here yesterday,
today, or tomorrow was written ahead of time, and scheduled.
 Anyway, here goes:

Stem
Cell Transplantation Safely Improves Heart Failure in Humans

(Medscape; free registration required)  Shows a real
therapeutic effect from stem cells.  It does not, however,
address the controversy about embryonic stem cells,
because autologous stem cells are used.  

href="http://www.psychiatrysource.com/NewsItem/Transdermal-nicotine-attenuates-depression-symptom.aspx?l1=3&firstpage=true">Transdermal
nicotine attenuates depression symptoms. This is not ready
for prime time, by any means.  It is based on a small sample
and a short period of study.  It is mostly of interest to
basic-science folks who are trying to figure out all the threads in the
multi-dimensional net of causality in mood disorders.  

href="http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2006/09/060922-argentine-ants.html"> class="inset right"
src="http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/images/thumbs/060922-argentine-ants_60x40.jpg"
alt="image" border="0" height="40" width="60"> href="http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2006/09/060922-argentine-ants.html">Chemical
Cocktail Turns Argentine Ants Against Each Other.
 Scientists
are working on a chemical cocktail that can turn members of a massive
colony of invasive Argentine ants into mortal foes.
[It works for bugs, will it work on Republicans?]