Posted by: Dan | September 16, 2007

Cells Weekly #44

Let’s start off with a quote via Chris Mooney, from climate scientist Andrew Dessler:

Science is much messier and, frankly, less scientific than most people realize. Despite that, science is incredibly successful and, I believe, a force for good in this world, and I am proud to be a scientist.


And so, in the interests of promoting science posts relating (however broadly) to my interests of cell and molecular biology, here’s my biweekly installment of “Cells Weekly,” a showcase of topical blog posts by others from the past week.

From Free-Living Bacterium to Cellular Citizen – See how organelles differ from their prokaryotic forerunners, especially when it comes to fusion and division of mitochondria and chloroplasts. At Small Things Considered.

Do the Bacteria Dance! – Dance, dance, ooh look, bacteria! Everywhere you look, bacteria. Over at Deep Sea News.

Sex, Flies, and Lateral Gene Transfer – Bacteria-host cell interactions reveal surprising examples of gene transfer, at A Snail’s Eye View.

Worms, Brains & Chips – Bringing some innovation to neuroscience, some scientists are using microfluidics and C. elegans as a model for studying neuronal pathfinding. On the Neurophilosopher’s blog.

Safe Passage: Lymphocyte Entry into the Brain – Infections in the brain are a problem, but so are overactive cytotoxic T-lymphocytes (CTLs) that combat those infections. The solution? Go check out Mystery Rays From Outer Space.

Another Way to Fuse Membranes – Membrane tethering and fusion has been a hot topic in cell biology for years, and so has ubiquitination. Here, Alex discusses a paper connecting the two, at The Daily Transcript.

More on Transcribed But Non-Translated RNA – “Frontloading” meets a better explanation for DNA error surveillance. At The Evolution List.

Culturing Life Review – A slightly disappointed reaction to the recent book on the history of cell biology. Such a book was much-needed, but Alex wanted more; I still plan to get it and form my own opinion though, and am looking forward to it. At The Daily Transcript.

Touchstone of Life Review – An even more disappointed view of a book on “molecular information, cell communication, and the foundations of life,” right here on Migrations.

Neural Migration: Mind the (Adherent) Gap (late addition) – The migration of neurons along radial glial fibres requires the adhesion properties of gap junctions, rather than their channel properties. At the Cell Migration Gateway.


Carnivals: I and the Bird #57, Gene Genie #15, Mendel’s Garden #18, Encephalon #31, Tangled Bank #88, Oekologie #9.

ScienceDaily posts below the fold:

Cell That Triggers Symptoms In Allergy Attacks Can Also Limit Damage, Scientists Find

How Insulin Secreting Cells Maintain Their Glucose Sensitivity

Molecular Probe ‘Paints’ Cancer Cells In Living Animals, Researchers Find

Specific Brain Protein Required For Nerve Cell Connections To Form And Function

Mystery Behind How Nuclear Membrane Forms During Mitosis Solved

New Insights into the Control of Stem Cells: Keeping the Right Balance


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