Archive | September, 2013

Cell death protein could offer new anti-inflammatory drug target

Scientists in Melbourne, Australia, have revealed the structure of a protein that is essential for triggering a form of programmed cell death called necroptosis, making possible the development of new drugs to treat chronic inflammatory diseases such as Crohn’s disease and rheumatoid arthritis. Ref :  http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.immuni.2013.06.018 Cell death protein could offer new anti-inflammatory drug target […]

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Bohemian Gravity

As they say on teh interwebz: What’s not to like? Bohemian Rhapsody, a capella, string theory and quanta! “I guess Einstein’s theory wasn’t complete at aaallll!” – solo by Albert Sockpuppet. 15,300 views when I posted…let’s see if we can at least get it to 20,000, this ought to go viral, it’s superbly done. Bohemian […]

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Synthetic polymer could stop the spread of HIV

The researchers created the large molecule with several sugar molecules, known as glycopolymers (Glycopolymer is synthetic polymer with pendant carbohydrates). By using different sugars attached to the macromolecule in solution, the scientists were able to investigate which sugar molecules were the most effective in inhibiting the potential binding of the virus. They then measured how the […]

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Silver’s gold standards for stats

Nate Silver’s Statistical Standards: Statistics aren’t just numbers Data requires context Correlation is not causation The average is still the most useful statistical tool ever invented Human intuition can often cause errors when it comes to making statistical judgments and inferences A probabilistic forecast expresses uncertainty instead of trying to conceal it Know thy priors […]

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