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Around the Blogs

by on 4th of January, 2008 in Of Interest

Time for the first 'Around the blogs' for the new year! Let's see what discussions are going on related blogs*…

Victory for Open Access – NIH-funded research is now mandated to be freely available within 12 months after publication.

Just Science 2008 is getting set. Join in for a week of ONLY science at 'science blogs' (not merely SbTM), from February 4th to the 8th.

Tid bits – Science and Politics Edition – Recent stories on science and politics, and on science in contrast to faith. Need I say more?

Personal Genome Results from 23andMe and deCODEme – The personal genome results from the first wave of customers are rolling in.

Updated "Longest Synthetic DNA" Plot – On Venter's drive to fabricate artificial life, Rob Carlson articulates why "…the philosophical implications of constructing an artificial genome are overblown."

Extracting Functional Modules from Biological PathwaysNature Precedings on a new way to identify functional modules of cellular functions.

Mitochondria on the Fritz? Just,Replace Them – A simple but unexpected discovery – "Mitochondria can be introduced into cells by simply co-incubating the two, allowing cells with damaged or dysfunctional mitochondria to recover efficient respiration."

p53 & MicroRNA – Comment on a long-time favorite focus for cancer researchers, p53, and a relative newcomer hot-topic, microRNAs.

Collective Cell Invasion: Following the Leader's Tracks – An explanation of how fibroblasts open routes for cancer cell invasions.

And lastly, check out Suzanne's list of alternative careers for scientists. In a work-world where even very good scientists are getting competed out of research jobs, we have to consider alternatives. I can relate.

* = Okay, I included Nature Precedings and the Cell Migration Consortium, but the former is comments-enabled, and the latter is close enough. And, well, Suzanne's is right here on Bitesize Bio, but it was such a good read.

Late Addition:
Integrin Phosphorylation as an Off Switch for Integrin Activation – Nick Anthis comments on a recently accepted JBC paper for which he was a coauthor. Congrats on the paper, Nick! (And sorry, I'd bookmarked the blog post a week or so ago, but missed the bookmark when putting this post together)

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Dan is a postdoc working at the University of Cyprus in developmental biology. He has a BSc in molecular biology and a PhD pharmacology and biochemistry.

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