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  • Biological News

    Visfatin: Real Or Not?

    A commentor to my Proteomics 101 post the other day brought up an important point: that before you can have a chance to figure out what a protein is doing, you have to know that it exists. Finding the darn things is no small job, since you’re digging through piles of chemically similar stuff to… Read More
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    It Went Up Instead of Down

    One of the things I like most about science is that you really don’t know what’s going to happen next. That’s especially true in the areas where things have just barely settled down. Before that, when a field is new, no one knows what to expect, so in a way there aren’t really any surprising… Read More
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    Peptides as Texts

    There’s a curious paper (subscriber-only link) in the latest Nature that’s getting some attention, titled “A linguistic model for the rational design of antimicrobial peptides”. For non-subscribers, here’s a synopsis of the work from the magazine’s news site. A group at MIT headed by Gregory Stephanopolous has be… Read More
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    Neowater Replies

    I received (some time ago) an answer from Miguel Cizin and the folks at Docoop, makers of Neowater. (If you haven’t seen the first parts of this story, they’re here and here). In that last post, I had a number of look-under-the-hood physical chemistry questions about the stuff, in an attempt to figure out if… Read More
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    Nanotech Wonder Water?

    Genetic Engineering News is sort of an odd publication. Primarily a vehicle for big, glossy color ads, it publishes some articles of its own: guest editorials, roundups of news from conferences and trade shows, that sort of thing. And it also publishes plenty of things that are (that have to be) slightly rewritten press releases… Read More
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    Stem Cell Disaster

    Update: Since the site was down most of Tuesday, I’m leaving this post up another day. Things have only worsened since I put it up, though. . . I’ve been withholding my comments on the South Korean stem cell controversy, waiting to see how the story finally settled out. Well, it’s good and settled now: Read More
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    Grand Rounds Today, and Next Week

    The medical-blog roundup known as Grand Rounds is up today at Dr. Charles, with a wide selection of good reading. And this is a good time to announce that I’m going to be hosting the next installment a week from now. Please feel free to send along links to any good blog posts on medical… Read More
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    RNAi: The Awkward Age

    A notable feature of 21st century molecular biology (so far!) is the emphasis on RNA. I’ve written before about RNA interference, a hugely popular (and hugely researched) way to silence the expression of proteins in living cells. Wide swaths of academia and industry are now devoted to figuring out all the details of these pathways… Read More
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    Kinases and Their Komplications

    I’m going to take off from another comment, this one from Ron, who asks (in reference to the post two days ago): “would it not be fair to say that cellular biochemistry gets even more complicated the more we learn about it? It would indeed be fair. I think that as a scientific field matures… Read More
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    The Vapor Trail I Referred To

    I mentioned the other day that not everything in that Stuart Schreiber interview sounded sane to me, (although more of it does than I’d expected). The interviewer, Joanna Owens, asks him to expand on a statement he made about ten years ago: famously (in some circles, at any rate) Schreiber said that he wanted to… Read More
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