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Cell biologist dies

By | August 27, 2010

Gerd Maul, an accomplished artist and scientist at the linkurl:Wistar Institute;http://www.wistar.org/default.cfm in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, passed away last Monday (23rd August) of a heart attack at the age of 70. Gerd Maul Widely recognized for his discovery of new nuclear structures called "nuclear dots" in the early 1990s, Maul turned to vaccinology later in his career, pursuing a novel cytomegalovirus vaccine. The multi-faceted researcher was also an linkurl:admired sculptor and arti

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Q&A: Frank Gehry

By | August 27, 2010

In Sin City, where the Eiffel Tower is a stone's throw away from Venice, New York, and Camelot, stands a haven for doctors and researchers hard at work combating neurodegenerative diseases. A far cry from your average, blocky clinical facility, the linkurl:Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health;http://my.clevelandclinic.org/brain_health/default.aspx has a distinct flare and style that seems appropriate for Las Vegas.Frank GehryImage:flickr/SmakuAnd the man behind the building's unorth

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Bugs vs plants vs bugs

By | August 26, 2010

The enemy of my enemy is my friend is an adage that holds true for plants, suggests a linkurl:study;http://www.sciencemag.org/cgi/content/abstract/329/5995/1075 that found that plants rely on chemicals in the saliva of leaf-eating insects to attract predators of those insects.Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology/Danny KesslerGeocoris approaches Manduca eggs and hatchling Reporting in Science, researchers linkurl:Ian Baldwin;http://www.ice.mpg.de/usrpers/iaba2016/web/main_en.htm and linku

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Editorials: To sign or not?

By | August 26, 2010

Only a few major journals continue to print anonymous editorials representing a publication's point of view. Most opt instead to run articles signed by staff or outside experts -- and many in the scientific, medical and publishing communities say that's a good thing. Image: Guillaume Carels via Wikimedia CommonsNewspapers across the globe are known for taking political stances, with anonymously authored pieces spreading a publication's point of view across its editorial pages. Major scientific

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Stem cell ruling lamented, appealed

By | August 25, 2010

National Institutes of Health Director Francis Collins is "stunned" by the federal district judge's decision to deny federal funding for human embryonic stem cell research, and the Justice Department plans to appeal the ruling. Human embryonic stem cellsImage: Wikimedia commons, Nissim BenvenistyYesterday (August 24), Collins lamented to reporters about the more than $50 million in grants that had to be denied their annual renewals. "This very unexpected development" has dire consequences f

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Microbes work to mop up oil

By | August 24, 2010

Deep sea microbe populations are evolving in response to the Deepwater Horizon disaster, helping to digest the oil that continues to contaminate the Gulf of Mexico, according to a study published today (August 24) on the ScienceExpress website. Bacteria on an oil drop (magnified 100x)Image: © Science/AAASThe findings provide tantalizing clues that the ocean is evolving in a way that will help it heal from the massive spill, but it's still early days, said biogeochemist linkurl:John Farringt

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Top 7 immunology papers

By | August 24, 2010

#1 T cell debate solved Mature T cells in the thymus are attracted to a molecule expressed by cells covering blood vessels, resolving a long standing puzzle of how cells escape into the body to fight infections. linkurl:(See our news story here.);http://www.the-scientist.com/blog/display/57375/ M.A. Zachariah, J.G. Cyster, "Neural crest-derived pericytes promote egress of mature thymocytes at the corticomedullary junction," linkurl:__Science,__;http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/sites/entrez/2041345

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Q&A: Why I delayed XMRV paper

By | August 23, 2010

After a weeks-long delay, a linkurl:paper;http://www.pnas.org/content/early/2010/08/16/1006901107.abstract reporting a strong association between the retrovirus xenotropic murine leukemia virus-related virus (XMRV) and chronic fatigue syndrome was published this week in the __Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences__ (PNAS). The study, carried out by researchers from the National Institutes of Health and the Food and Drug Administration, found gene sequences pertaining to a closely relat

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Video: Robocilia at work

By | August 23, 2010

Man-made cilia have shown that the real structures create complex flows of fluid that may contribute to normal development and tissue differentiation in early embryos, according to researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, reporting their linkurl:findings;http://www.pnas.org/cgi/doi/10.1073/pnas.1005127107 in __PNAS__. The artificial cilia in action mimicking the beat of nodal cilia in the embryoCourtesy of Adam Shields, UNC PhD student linkurl:Richard Superfine,;http://w

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Video: See fish grow

By | August 19, 2010

Combining various imaging techniques, an interdisciplinary team of scientists in Europe have developed a way to visualize and quantify early embryogenesis in zebrafish, according to a study published this week in Science. "We want to turn all the verbal descriptions of biology into something that's going to be quantitative and formal," said embryologist and coauthor Nadine Peyriéras of the linkurl:National Centre for Scientific Research;http://www.cnrs.fr/ (CNRS) in France. "We've been larg

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