Friday, December 21, 2012


The Evolutionary Landscape of Alternative Splicing in Vertebrate Species

"How species with similar repertoires of protein-coding genes differ so markedly at the phenotypic level is poorly understood. By comparing organ transcriptomes from vertebrate species spanning ~350 million years of evolution, we observed significant differences in alternative splicing complexity between vertebrate lineages, with the highest complexity in primates." Full Article @ Science

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Monday, December 10, 2012


NYTimes: In Girl’s Last Hope, Altered Immune Cells Beat Leukemia

Saturday, December 01, 2012


Building the Human Brain

"The human brain is exceedingly complex and studying it encompasses gathering information across a range of levels, from molecular processes to behavior. The sheer breadth of this undertaking has perhaps led to an increased specialization of brain research and a concomitant fragmentation of our knowledge. A potential solution is to integrate all of this knowledge into a coherent simulation of the brain". Full article @ Science

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Solving Complex Problems

"Before he became America's first de facto science adviser and before he helped lay the foundation for the National Science Foundation, Vannevar Bush was a professor of Electrical Engineering and, eventually, dean of Engineering and vice president at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). In those capacities, he came in contact with some of the nation's best and brightest minds in their formative years. But after two decades in such a rarified academic environment, Bush had become disenchanted by the increasing specialization of undergraduate curricula in science and engineering in America (1). He felt that education in these fields placed too much emphasis on information transferral from teacher to student and too little on deep understanding and intellectual synthesis by the student. Bush was among the first to anticipate that massive amounts of information would someday be universally and readily available to all, such that our ability to communicate knowledge through classes would become far less important than our ability to inspire students to do something creative, and valuable, with it." Full article @ Science

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