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Video: Diving Through the Human Brain

 :: Posted by American Biotechnologist on 09-11-2012

Check out this video of thousands of serial sections of the brain stitched together. Courtesy of Brain Maps.

ENCODE Explained

 :: Posted by American Biotechnologist on 09-06-2012

There has been of ton of excitement around data recently published from the ENCODE Project. The project assigned biochemical function to 80% of the genome, including areas that were previously thought to be “junk” DNA. If you are curious as to what all the excitement is about, be sure to watch the video below.

Cell phone-based sensor spots dangerous bacteria

 :: Posted by American Biotechnologist on 08-17-2012

Math Trumps Science in Diagnosing Parkinson’s Disease

 :: Posted by American Biotechnologist on 08-07-2012

Although there are no existing biomarkers for Parkinson’s, diagnosis may just be a phone call away.

Google earth for cell biologist

 :: Posted by American Biotechnologist on 08-06-2012

Just as users of Google Earth can zoom in from space to a view of their own backyard, researchers can now navigate biological tissues from a whole embryo down to its subcellular structures thanks to recent advances in electron microscopy and image processing, as described in The Journal of Cell Biology (JCB). An upgrade to the JCB DataViewer (, JCB’s browser-based image presentation tool, now also makes these data publicly accessible for exploration and discovery.

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