Posts Tagged ‘fun facts’

Nature: A publication with a sense of humor

 :: Posted by American Biotechnologist on 09-08-2011

Nature is perhaps the most prestigious journal around and it is the ultimate goal of every scientist to publish in Nature. Unfortunately, not all of us are lucky enough to produce results that merit a Nature quality publication. But do not despair! Alas, there is hope.

Yesterday, on the Nature website , I found one of the most amusing articles that I’ve ever read in Nature. The article quips that Nature has changed their publication policy and will no longer be accepting manuscripts from Homo sapiens. Furthermore, the article goes on to define grad students as bionic non humans since they spend most of their time interacting with “a sentient non-carbon-based machine.”

This is a fun read and a nice change in pace from otherwise intense scientific articles.

Click here to read the article.

Citation (lest you think I’m not serious): Jordan Suchow (2011). NPG’s policy on authorship Nature, 477 (244) : doi:10.1038/477244a

The rapid evolution of Neanderthal research

 :: Posted by American Biotechnologist on 08-30-2011

A recent study published in Science has shown that potential interbreeding between Neanderthals, Denisovans and Modern Humans may have helped boost modern man’s immune system. Many reviews have already been published on this subject (see Science 2.0 for a good review or the ScienceDaily news release) and so we won’t dwell on the subject in this post. However, in light of these findings we would like to share with you a YouTube interview with Svante Pääbo, a Neanderthal researcher, produced by The DNA Learning Center in 2009.

It’s interesting to see how far we’ve come in just 2 short years!

You can do WHAT with an inkjet printer?!?

 :: Posted by American Biotechnologist on 08-01-2011

In a previous post we told you how how Dr. Anthony Atala’s lab at Wake Forest Institute uses a “printer” to print organs such as kidneys from cultured cells. Although the machine shown in that post “prints” cells into organs, the apparatus itself is far from a traditional printer.

However, Dr. Atala’s lab DOES have an actual inket printer which they have modified to print skin cells onto a 3-D scaffold which is currently being used by the US armed forces to treat severe burn victims.

When my friends saw this video they thought it was science fiction. However, as a molecular and cell biologist, I can actually appreciate the video and it is totally out of the realm of science fiction for me.

However, the 3-D printer shown below is unbelievably awesome! Isn’t it funny how our perspective changes depending on where we’ve come from!

or how about this?!?

Try Nerdy blog show scientist have a sense of humor

 :: Posted by American Biotechnologist on 07-28-2011

In these lazy summer days I find myself spending more time looking for and reading interesting/humorous blog posts by fellow scientists. My latest find is a blog by American PhD candidate “Try Nerdy” (TN). Although I don’t know his/her real name, (it is not listed in the TN about page), I do know that TN is a molecular biologist who helps distill complicated scientific material into easily digestible bits for his/her non-scientist readership. TN also has a great sense of humor and publishes some captivating stuff including TN’s latest post “The Inside Jokes of Scientists.”

If you were ever curious as to how crazy sounding proteins such as R2D2 and C3PO got their names, check out TN’s blog.

I am a scientist and despite TN’s claim that Try Nerdy is not focused on scientists I will continue to follow. Keep up the good work TN!

Saving lives one iPhone at a time

 :: Posted by American Biotechnologist on 07-25-2011

My iPhone is very precious to me. Until I had an iPhone, I wasn’t aware of how much I was missing. Now that I am an iPhone owner, I don’t know how I ever lived without one.

There are tons of awesome apps out there. For molecular biologists there is the NCBI Blast app, the MIQE app and the qPCR app (among others). There are also a number of cool health apps such as the urine blood glucose monitor or STD detector app.

Now another cool app has been added to your iPhone’s medical repitoire. The Melenoma Risk Assessment Tool by Health Discovery Corporation, is designed to help users learn about melanoma and identify areas on their skin which may need attention from a physician specializing in the diagnosis of melanoma.

Using the iPhone camera feature, users can take a picture of their skin lesions and moles and within seconds receive a risk analysis of their uploaded picture being a melanoma. Utilizing your iPhone GPS, MelApp can refer you to a nearby physician specializing in the diagnosis and treatment of melanoma for proper medical follow up, without the need to input a zip code or any personal information. These pictures also can be stored on MelApp and reviewed for changes in the skin lesions occurring over time.

For more information see the company’s official press release.