Ten Minute Sabbatical
Ten Minute Sabbatical

Ten Minute Sabbatical

Take a break from the bench to puzzle and peruse.

Jun 1, 2019
The Scientist Staff
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by Emily Cox and Henry Rathvon

There are some cases where, if the results are somewhat variable, you think you’ve controlled for everything. This is another thing that you need to look at to make sure that you’ve accounted for it.  . . . Don’t ignore it anymore.

—University of Michigan Medical School researcher Vincent Young talking to The Scientist about how varied microbiomes among lab mice could be at the root of some problems with reproducibility, according to a Nature Microbiology paper published earlier this year (April 5)

Our study shows that bearded men harbour significantly higher burden of microbes and more human-pathogenic strains than dogs.

Andreas Gutzeit et al., authors of a recent paper comparing the microbial assemblages present in 18 human beards and microbes in the fur on 30 dogs to assess the safety of using MRI machines on patients after canines had been scanned (Eur Radiol, 29:527–34, 2019)

1. Element in an Einstein equation
3. Piquant pepper yielding a painkiller
8. What cilia help ciliates do
9. Relating to stars
11. Songbird with black and white markings (2 wds.)
14. Not acquired from nurture
15. UFO part
17. Nitric acid (2 wds.)
20. Lion, shark, or T. rex
21. Exemplar of deadness
22. Legumes providing proteins
23. Kind of pool or therapy


1. Era of dinosaur domination
2. Tibia
4. Having a low pH
5. Item carried by some naturalists in the field
6. Be a ruminant
7. Melanocytic nevus
10. One result of lithospheric disturbance
12. Form of sugar
13. Device for an ear doc
16. Kin of a mandrill
18. Tarzan’s adoptive family
19. Quail collection

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