Tag Archive: cell type differentiation

Watching and waiting for more retractions

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Brain Genetics Paper Retracted A study that identified genes linked to communication between different areas of the brain has been retracted by its authors because of statistical flaws. By Anna Azvolinsky | September 4, 2014 Excerpt: “This retraction raises the…
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Pseudoscientific nonsense about face and body recognition

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It’s Thanks to Evolution That No Two Faces Are Alike, Study Finds Excerpt: “….highly social insects rely on their distinctive face and body patterns to recognize each other…” See: RNA and dynamic nuclear organization My comment: The difference between RNA-mediated events…
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RNA-mediated events found everywhere

Genetic code

Transcriptome-wide Mapping Reveals Widespread Dynamic-Regulated Pseudouridylation of ncRNA and mRNA Related articles Related blog posts on this site Reported as Scientists discover RNA modifications in some unexpected places Excerpt 1): “…there are multiple types of RNA, three of which—messenger RNA…
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Nutrient-dependent erythropoiesis and anemia

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A critical role for mTORC1 in erythropoiesis and anemia Excerpt 1): “Cells must coordinate their rate of growth and proliferation with the availability of nutrients. mTOR , a serine-threonine kinase, is one the key proteins responsible for nutrient signaling in…
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Evolutionary heritage or ecological adaptation? Racism versus reality

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Jewish Heritage Written in DNA Fully sequenced genomes of more than 100 Ashkenazi people clarify the group’s history and provide a reference for researchers and physicians trying to pinpoint disease-associated genes. By Kate Yandell | September 9, 2014 Excerpt: These…
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Indirect genetic effects (IGEs), associative effects and extended phenotypes

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  Beyond the Blueprint In addition to serving as a set of instructions to build an individual, the genome can influence neighboring organisms and, potentially, entire ecosystems. By Mark A. Genung, Jennifer A. Schweitzer, and Joseph K. Bailey | September…
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Connecting the various levels of analysis

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Is Our Focus Becoming Overly Narrow? By Nancy Eisenberg Excerpt: “A larger perspective informed by knowledge about all levels of analysis is in jeopardy. An important challenge for psychological science is to better frame and assess the interconnections among the…
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Pattern recognition: fine-tuning of color differences

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Local reorganization of xanthophores fine-tunes and colors the striped pattern of zebrafish Excerpt: “Many animals have evolved a fascinating diversity in their color patterns, which serve as an essential component of their survival strategy.” Reported as: How the zebrafish gets…
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microRNAs and species relationships

Genetic code

Flaws emerge in RNA method to build tree of life Study finds problems with alluringly simple way to tease out evolutionary relationships through microRNA. Amy Maxmen 28 July 2014 Excerpt 1:  “…some pieces of RNA are only expressed at particular…
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Ecology is my theology

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Rev. Michael Dowd (with my emphasis): “Ecology is my theology. Integrity is my salvation. Ensuring a just and healthy future is my mission.” James V. Kohl (Medical laboratory scientist) Ecological variation leads to ecological adaptations via conserved molecular mechanisms, not…
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