Can you tell a good article from a bad based on the abstract and the title alone?

Many times people only have access to the abstract of peer-review articles, and nothing more. There are different abstract styles (sometimes they’re going too far or on the contrary) in the literature and I’d be curious to hear about your opinion on the following review abstract and title. I became interested and suspicious reading these… Continue reading Can you tell a good article from a bad based on the abstract and the title alone?

My iPhone 2.0 wish list: from the RFID reader/writer to the solar panel!

According to the Wikipedia approved rumor by the AT&T boss: “A new version of Apple’s iPhone will be introduced in 2008 that is capable of operating on faster 3G cellular networks.” Besides the 3G support I have some other expectations (at least 6 should be satisfied) too in order to become a next generation iPhone… Continue reading My iPhone 2.0 wish list: from the RFID reader/writer to the solar panel!

MitoWheel 1.0: the human mitochondrial genome just got visual!

Your 16569 basepair long human mitochondrial genome does a lot for you and tells a lot about you. It encodes protein subunits playing crucial role in the production and conversion of ATP, the body’s main chemical energy currency. On the other hand the actual sequence of one’s mitochondrial DNA in a particular tissue or cell… Continue reading MitoWheel 1.0: the human mitochondrial genome just got visual!

The Spittoon: the eminent corporate blog of 23andMe and Consumer Enabled Research

The personal genomics service 23andMe just launched publicly a corporate blog called The Spittoon that has been internally up for a few weeks. It is a new chapter in biotech corporate blogging. Just like the web page of 23andMe, The Spittoon’s WordPress blog platform, the concept and design is excellent: amongst others you can find… Continue reading The Spittoon: the eminent corporate blog of 23andMe and Consumer Enabled Research

9 year old stem cell trial pioneer dies in Batten disease

This is exactly the type of clinical trial news that should be taken extremely carefully with all due respect and grief. A girl enrolled in a stem-cell trial for a fatal disease has died. In January, the nine-year-old received a brain transplant of neural stem cells derived from fetal tissue. She was one of six… Continue reading 9 year old stem cell trial pioneer dies in Batten disease

induced Pluripotent Stem cells from a 69 year old human: the hidden story?

The successful reprogramming (dedifferentiation) of differentiated human somatic cells into a pluripotent, embryonic stem cell-like state called induced pluripotent stem cells (iPS) using just 4 (and recently 3) introduced transcription factors is the biggest news of current stem cell biology. In the paper published in Cell by the Yamanaka group (Takahashi et al.) the iPS… Continue reading induced Pluripotent Stem cells from a 69 year old human: the hidden story?