Posted by: Dan | November 5, 2006

Cells in Focus, n2

Networks in the sky: a new concept of modularity?:

  • A recent paper by Batada and colleagues published in PLoS Biology tries to consolidate the available information on protein-protein interactions for S. cerevisiae. The authors have attempted to create a high-confidence set of interactions

CpG Methylation System Revealed in Western Honey Bee:

  • Last week Science published several new reports on Apis mellifera, the honey bee, including a report from Wang et al. on the functional CpG methylation system in this newly sequenced genome. The methylation report has a number of key findings and implications for further research…

How the hell does dynamin act to fuse membranes?:

  • Jodi Nunnari’s group has a paper in Cell about how Mgm1, a dynamin like protein found in the inner mitochondrial matrix, is required for inner-membrane fusion in mitos. I just don’t get the whole thing, can someone propose a reasonable mechanism as to how dynamin regulates membrane fusion?

Noor and Feder Review the Genetics of Speciation:

  • Nature Reviews Genetics has published a review (go figure) of speciation genetics penned by Mohamed Noor and Jeff Feder. Here is the purpose of the review, from the horses’ mouths: “Here, we review how recent advances in molecular and genomic techniques are helping to achieve a greater understanding of the genetics of speciation. …We discuss whether and how molecular techniques are helping to discern the genetic bases and evolutionary origins of barriers that contribute to population divergence. We present some recent discoveries from laboratory and field studies that apply molecular and genomics techniques to the speciation question.”

Neurite growth induced by a biopolymer:

  • Yadong Wang and his colleagues at Georgia Tech’s Wallace H. Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering designed and synthesized a biopolymer based on the structure of dopamine. When added to cultured rat pheochromocytoma cells (PC12 cells, left) or primary sensory neurons, the polymer induced the outgrowth of neurites. The material, named PCD, is also biodegradable.

And articles on ScienceDaily and EurekAlert:


  1. Sea urchin genome is in

  2. The Cornell Daily Sun runs a Faculty Viewpoint by Richard A Baier Jr, ID comes up in the comments.

  3. The Daily Sun’s piece is great – thanks for bringing it up.

    Hanno’s (Hannah Maxsom?) comments are blatantly incorrect.

    No, ID is far from falsified, and is indeed a real scientific alternative to pure darwinism. I believe that, in order to disprove ID, a far better naturalistic theory than Darwinism is required.

    Hilarious! ID, born out of the ashes of “creation science” and without a shred of scientific evidence, is “indeed a real scientific alternaitve to pure darwinism,” despite evolution being one of the most robustly proven theories of science.

    I’ll have to bring more attention to it tomorrow, when I return full-time to regular work, blogging, etc.


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