Posted by: Dan | July 1, 2007

Cells Weekly #36

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 Use Adult Stem Cells To Create Soft Tissue

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.



  1. UK decides intelligent design is not science

    I posted the above link at The Design paradigm’s article, ID — an international phenomenon, but it doesn’t seem to be showing up. I’m sure the problem is some obscure technical difficulty.

  2. Larry Moran covers the IDURC 2007 Casey Luskin Graduate Award

    Award thread at Uncommon Descent

    The recipient of the 2007 Casey Luskin Graduate Award will remain anonymous for the protection of the recipient. The many students, professors, and scientists who have been denied degrees or tenure, and removed from positions and jobs for no other reason than acceptance of—or even sympathy to—intelligent design theory is very telling of the importance of keeping these bright young minds out of the crosshairs of those opposed to open-minded investigation and critical thought.

    The recipient of this year’s award is a graduate earning degrees in chemistry and chemical biology and mathematics…

    Sound like anyone you might know? That’s pretty hilarious, an anonymous honorary award.

  3. Wow. Hannah got an award for her credulous promotion of specified complexity then, I suppose?

    That IS pretty hilarious.

    You know, I do wish her well, but I am awfully curious as to what her religious apologia and pseudoscience advocacy portends for her career in science.

  4. Some of the priceless comments between Sandwalk, and Uncommon Descent:

    “I should note that Casey Luskin received an honorary award of the Casey Luskin Award, making him — to the best of my knowledge — the second ID advocate to win an award named after himself (here’s looking to you, Philip Johnson).”

    “I can’t wait for the Sal Cardova award.”

    “Its gonna be hard to maintain ID’s reputation as “well-funded” if we keep giving out these measly awards to the next generation of IDers.”

    “How is he going to keep it quiet with all that money in his pocket?…$100 good golly! – The IDURC is on a tight budget, so the money is paid out at $1 per year for 100 years.”

    No wonder the award is “anonymous”!!!


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