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Pep Rally for Young Scientists? Intel ISEF International Science Fair Begins

in technology, biology, omics, education, projects

We don’t conduct pep rallies for students going to science or math team competitions.  May be it is time to consider one!  1500 cream of the crop of high school students from around the world will compete at the Intel ISEF international science fair this week in Los Angeles California.

Mitoscriptome In Biomedicine- Mitochondrial Genomics In Health and Disease

in medicine, biology, omics

Mitochondria are the fuel power plants of animal cells.  The number of mitochondria in a cell varies from tissue to tissue. Some cells have only few mitochondria while the cells that need lots of energy to function may have thousands of mitochondria. 

Drug-Resistant Bacteria In Meat And Poultry From Grocery Stores in US- TGen Study

in medicine, biology, omics

It is scary to find drug-resistant bacteria in the grocery store meat.  But, that is exactly what was found in a recent study drug-resitant bacteria in meat and poultry. 

Being Short Not That Bad- Are Very Short People Protected From Diabetes And Cancer?

in environment, medicine, biology, omics

This week Science Translational Medicine published provocative results from an Eucador study that people who are genetically short may be protected from diabetes and cancer.  These patients had a genetic mutation that would not allow them to grow more than 4 feet tall -- their heights would be fixed to that of a 7-year-old for life.

Genome Sequenced From Ancient Female's Bone From Denisova Cave Show Modern Connection

in biology, omics

Scientists from Max Planck Institute sequenced the nuclear genome from a bone obtained from the cave Denisova in Siberia and conclude that her genome is more closer to the present-day human than the Neanderthals, who also inhabited the cave area the same time.  This data demonstrate a more complex pattern of human migration and evolution.

Signature of Autism Can Be Seen In the Brain

in medicine, biology, omics

Autism is a spectrum of disorders possibly involving multiple culprit genes.  Such a fundamental biological diversity in disease pathogenesis makes the understanding of this disease scientifically challenging.