Life Science

Understatement of the year

I nominate the following as an axiom that all of us involved in a complex disease like cancer should be taught on the first day on the job. "This stuff is harder than it looks… To get understanding out of biology, there’s a lot more there than you’re going to understand right away." It’s from an article by Kristen Philipkoski ...

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Stem cell info center

If you’re looking for a good site for stem cell news and information, check-out  Hype & Hope. It’s got news about stem cell scientific developments and about the competition going on in California, the US, and around the world for scientific and economic leadership in stem cells. The site is run by Zoomedia, a leading life science communications company headquartered ...

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Human Complexity And Diversity Spring From A Surprisingly Few Genes

This is kind of a follow-on the my earlier post about the intricacies of gene regulation. Those busy little RNAs have a role in editing nucleotide sequences during the transcription/translation steps of turning a gene sequence into proteins. It’s a way that a few genes can generate a lot of different outcomes. From Science Daily. It turns out that human ...

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microRNA

Have you wondered why it’s taking so long to figure out bad, complex diseases like cancer? Well one reason is that basic biological processes–gene regulation in this case–are not as simple as we figured. Ever since they finished sequencing the human genome a few years ago and we learned that we have maybe 25,000 genes instead of the 100,000 we ...

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