Monthly Archives: September 2023

Tasmanian tiger RNA is first to be recovered from an extinct animal

This technical breakthrough — boggles the mind. 😉 DwN 19 September 2023 Tasmanian tiger RNA is first to be recovered from an extinct animal Genetic sequences from a museum specimen offer fresh clues about the physiology of thylacines, which went … Continue reading

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How to train your jellyfish: brainless box jellies learn from experience

This story is an amazing example of gene-environment interactions. For example, it explains how the “Scarecrow could function without a brain” in the movie, The Wizard of Oz. And it also explains how many politicians are able to survive in … Continue reading

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NIEHS Superfund Research Program: Modified Iron Particles Could Improve Bioremediation of PFAS

MORE COMMENTS: I certainly am not dismissing most structure-activity relationship (SAR) studies. Kepone binding to the estrogen receptor was simply a very memorable exception. 😊 As I recall, the main clinical effect of chlordecone was neurotoxicity — even small children … Continue reading

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NIEHS Superfund Research Program: Modified Iron Particles Could Improve Bioremediation of PFAS

This report summarizes a promising approach to bioremediation of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) — which comprise a group of “forever chemicals” which are almost impossible to break down in our environment. 😊 DwN September 2023 woman doing science Modified … Continue reading

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Tonga Eruption Blasted Unprecedented Amount of Water into Stratosphere

This is what I’ve told several of you. I think this (Jan 2022) volcano explains why these past 5 months (in western Oregon) have been +3 to +6 degF warmer (and more humid) than normal. And the U.S. Southwest and … Continue reading

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Breast cancer often spreads to spine — newly discovered stem cell might explain wh

Yours truly certainly remembers hearing in medical school that “forceful events such as coughs (i.e., the Valsalva Maneuver) can momentarily reverse blood flow and jolt cancer cells loose, into the vicinity of the spine” — where they might form new … Continue reading

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Human ancestors passed through a very serious bottleneck

This recently-published paper [see attached Hu et al. paper] has been all over the news this past week. Human ancestors (hominins) diverged from gorilla and chimpanzee ancestors between 8 million and 5.5 million years ago. One of these lineages ultimately … Continue reading

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HGNC NewsLetter, Summer 2023

Some of you will be interested in this Summer 2023 HUGO Gene Nomenclature Committee (HGNC) NewsLetter. As you may be aware, these update issues come out four times a year. —DwN Summer newsletter 2023 HGNC, VGNC, Newsletters · August 2023 … Continue reading

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The Story of Our Universe May Be Starting to Unravel [Sept 2023

This topic is well beyond our usual topics — but it bears thinking about. Perhaps something more than The Big Bang is involved in the beginning of our universe. Or, more mind-boggling, perhaps our universe is just one of an … Continue reading

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FIVE LATEST PAPERS ON THE LNT INVESTIGATION by ED CALABRESE

Thanks, Ed. I was “close,” but one step removed, from knowing the extent of dishonesty and personality clashes that had transpired “before my time.” Professor Ernst Caspari was my Genetics advisor in college (in the end of the 1950s), and … Continue reading

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