Petabyte Age Wiredesque lesson on what science can learn from Google

I argued many times here that biology based biotechnology is the next information technology but in order to do so, biotech should harness good IT patterns and mimic its massive computing practices to handle the enormous amount of constantly accumulating data. Often this trend could be summarized in a simple way: keep your eye on… Continue reading Petabyte Age Wiredesque lesson on what science can learn from Google

The first human genome project: mitochondrial DNA, 16.6kb, 1981, Cambridge

When I had worked on my MSc thesis in biology on the relation of human mitochondrial mutations and aging the paper I used most frequently was Sequence and organization of the human mitochondrial genome by Anderson et al. published in Nature, 1981. The reason was simple: it is more of a database than a hypothesis… Continue reading The first human genome project: mitochondrial DNA, 16.6kb, 1981, Cambridge

George Daley explains the source of Hwang’s “cloned” ES cells on Youtube

George Daley, the new president of the International Society for Stem Cell Research explains shortly the notorious case on a not embeddable (??????) YouTube video. If you are too busy to read the story, than watch it, it is 2 minutes and 13 seconds. Thanks for the video tip, Alexey Bersenev. If you have a… Continue reading George Daley explains the source of Hwang’s “cloned” ES cells on Youtube

There are not any natural born stem cell researchers! Just newbies.

Stem cell biology and regenerative medicine as an institutionally specified discipline is quite young, about a decade old. So it is no surprise that there is not a thing as a natural born stem cell researcher. All the famous researchers, the founding fathers and mothers came from other disciplines and studied something else as undergrads… Continue reading There are not any natural born stem cell researchers! Just newbies.

What is the birth date of present day stem cell biology?

If there is any? Stem cell biology and regenerative medicine as an institutionally specified discipline is quite young, about a decade old. Bone marrow transplantation traces its roots back to the 1970-s, but many people don’t realize that it is the most useful although restricted form of stem cell therapy till this day. In my… Continue reading What is the birth date of present day stem cell biology?

The birth of the stem cell niche concept: Schofield, 1978

In David Scadden‘s elegant review on The stem-cell niche as an entity of action I found the historically first article in which the concept of the stem cell niche was proposed: “The concept of a niche as a specialized microenvironment housing stem cells was first proposed by Schofield almost 30 years ago in reference to… Continue reading The birth of the stem cell niche concept: Schofield, 1978

Real arguments not just echo chambering in embryonic stem cell funding debate

Finally a journalist at Wired, Brandon Keim thought it’s time to check out some facts and formulate real arguments in the embryonic stem cell funding debate instead of boondoggling. He has collected good historical examples of long-term funding in drug research, which then saved many lives, like Taxol, and has enumerated fields of promising science,… Continue reading Real arguments not just echo chambering in embryonic stem cell funding debate