Tangled Bank #61


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I’m not much to waste words on an introduction, so I’ll make this short and sweet. This is Tangled Bank #61, and you’re at the blog that delivers news and information on epigenetics, particularly in the area of research. That is, it did deliver news, but lately it’s been stagnant with too many other pressing matters taking up my time. I hope that will change soon.

With that said, let’s get to the good stuff.

The Voltage Gate gets us started with a recap of his contribution to a Fox News Radio debate on the evidence for Darwinism.

Meanwhile, Walking the Berkshire has thoughtfully explored the complex issue of wolves and their effect on range cattle.

Ever tried to explain the whole “viscosity of neuron stars” to your brother-in-law? It’s a sticky issue, but you probably couldn’t do much better than Scientia est Potentia.

Balancing Life squeezed an informative article out of an 11th century mention in a recent Nature editorial. Have you heard of Omar Khayyam? Maybe you should read about his contributions to math and science.

I was personally intrigued by this excellent piece on telomere length as a biomarker for aging at Ouroboros.

In science, there’s always room for exploration and learning. And Sandra Porter at Discovering Biology in a Digital World is always game for those two interests, including showing readers how to dissect and compare human and ape genomes.

Interesting Thing of the Day recently delved into Lichtenberg figures, the story of which has curious links to lightning, sand, and photocopiers.

The plover is a bird that may catch your eye, but 10,000 Birds wants your take on how to pronounce it.

Love looking at contaminated agar plates and wondering: what could it be? Then BioCurious should have your attention.

The water cycle and the protection of watersheds is the topic of interest at Lab Cat.

Salto Sobrius explains a few things about Gresham’s Law and how it pertains to cash and currency.

There is obviously a lot to explore when it comes to the publication of the genome of a bacterial species that loves eating petroleum, courtesy of Syaffolee.

And speaking of eating, Science Made Cool offered a succinct post explaining how a new spray can help kill bacteria that contaminates processed lunch meat.

In other news, A DC Birding Blog looked at the impact that Hurricane Katrina left on the environment, one year after it ruined thousands of lives.

There may be a new tool for doctors hoping to offer an accurate prognosis for cardiovascular and kidney disease, reported The Biotech Weblog.

And even Eating Fabulous got on the “good news in research” bandwagon with information on a genetically engineered tomato that could help reduce your risk of contracting heart disease.

Daily Irreverence is thinking about something altogether different: What would alien life be like?

Tara C. Smith at Aetiology offered her professional perspective often, and has recently refuted the notion that influenza viruses are evidence for design.

Respectful Insolence provided comprehensive coverage and analysis of the story of a 16-year-old who fought a legal battle with his family to forego chemotherapy treatment for cancer, and instead pursue “alternative” therapies.

Are rainforests still being depleted? That question was taken up by Thoughts from Kansas and includes maps, photographs, and other pertinent pieces of information to support his responses.

Moment of Science has postulated that “the last possible ‘rational’ reason for opposing stem cell research has been removed.

And finally, Coturnix at A Blog Around the Clock offered his take on a new map of nuclear receptors and its potential for aiding in future research in circadian regulation of body functions.

3, 2, 1…END.

The next edition of The Tangled Bank will be hosted at the Hairy Museum of Natural History on September 13, 2006.

Tangled Bank #61 (coming shortly)


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The carnival of science carnivals will be hosted here shortly. I have to apologize to those of you who have been anxiously awaiting it today. But no worries, your collection of the best science writing from around the Web is right around the corner…

Update: As promised, Tangled Bank #61.

An Update from the Bench


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So you might have noticed that the posts have slowed down considerably over the past few weeks.

I’ll just come out and say it: I’ve been busy in the lab. There was a little pressure put on last month to finish the study that I’m working on, so I’ve focused hard on doing just that. There has been a lot of time spent at the microscope, a long series of immunohistochemistry experiments, and a number of side distractions to make completing the work a little tougher.

But the hard work has paid off. No, the study isn’t done, but it is producing some interesting results. Results that will likely be published in a peer-reviewed journal in the future. I’ll be sure to update the readers once it becomes publicly available.

With that said, there has been some great science writing published around the blogosphere over the past few weeks. Conveniently, a good portion of it is covered in Tangled Bank #59. Link