On any Tuesday morning, if asked, a good working scientist will tell you with some self-satisfaction that the affairs of his field are nicely in order, that things are finally looking clear and making sense, and all is well. But come back again on another Tuesday, and the roof may have just fallen in on his life’s work. ( – Lewis Thomas)
It’s time for the weekly dose of cell and molecular biology metablogging (short list this week)…
The Daily Transcript:
Recent developements on how miRNAs affect mRNA translation.
Mystery Rays from Outer Space:
Immunodominance: Part I (Some background)
Small Things Considered:
Lingua franca (lipid division)
And a pair of ScienceDaily picks, below the fold.
RNA May Play Larger Role In Cell’s Gene Activity, Researchers Find
Large, seemingly useless pieces of RNA — a molecule originally considered only a lowly messenger for DNA — play an important role in letting cells know where they are in the body and what they are supposed to become, researchers at Stanford University School of Medicine have discovered.
Researchers from Columbia University Medical Center received a $2.5 million grant from the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering to use stem cells to engineer soft tissue, developing a process that should ultimately allow scientists to use a patient’s own stem cells to develop tissue for facial reconstruction following disfiguring injuries from war, cancer surgery or accidents.