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Archives for December, 2006

(This is back dated as I would like to start the new year on a brighter note.) After a long day of skiing in the green hills of Vermont, my brother , cousin and I decided to go for a swim followed by a dip into the jacuzzi at the back of the hotel. I…

Map that Campus XXVIII

Let’s end this year with a bang! Here is this week’s mystery campus: hint: It’s getting cold. As usual, leave your answers in the comment section. (although I screwed up last time, don’t worry, Willie is warm!)

At home wasting time …

(I wish) I though I could spend a day or too relaxing … but it seems like I can’t do it. Today was spent cleaning the apartment in preparation for a family visit down from Montreal. We’re actually meeting up with my parents, brother, aunt and cousins in Burlington Vermont for some skiing (thank FSM…

RNA, 50 years in the making

2006 was (again) year of the RNA. Two nobels. The RNA world expanded with the discovery of Piwi RNA. RNAi as a transmittable trait? (Lamarck is vindicated!) We also found out that much of the conserved parts of our genome do not encode protein. Now how many of these bits are regulatory elements and how…

My year in a picture

Check this out: First-in-Human Experience of an Antidote-Controlled Anticoagulant Using RNA Aptamer Technology From the paper:

Quote of the week

Sorry this week has been hellish. I’ve had no time to blog (but I did see a great two-man performance of The Importance of Being Earnest at ART). Anyway, this week was filled with work. I’ve been microinjecting my brains out. And then whatever is left was fried on the microscope. During one of the…

Earlier this week you probably read the whole saga of how researchers tracked down some individuals who could not sense pain. They then identified the gene responsible as SCN9A, a voltage-gated sodium channel and that was published in Nature. But in Science there was another report of a gene, Catechol-O-Methyltransferase (S-COMT), that is critical for…

Tid Bits

Chris Phoenix asked me to comment on his entry: Studying Molecular Biology. As someone who is constantly playing around with cells I’ll add this advice to how biological systems differ from watches and the Antikythera Mechanism, biological systems are composed of adaptable platforms such as the cytoskeleton and the network of cell signalling molecules. When…

A weekend in NYC

Last week was too stressful – although by Friday afternoon I had put together the pieces of the puzzle and it all makes sense (I’d tell you more about it, potentially I’ve stumbled upon a really cool little “cellular circuit”, but I’d rather publish it first. Mother Nature has so many neat tricks up it’s…