As per tradition, it’s time for the weekly roundup of informative blog posts outside of your regular Bite of Bio. This week, it’s striking that the posts to choose from have an extra supply of posts on the science, and light on the personal or social commentary that bloggers enjoy so much. So this week, we’re focusing on the science itself – visit the posts, and leave comments if you find them interesting.
New Research on How Visual Memory Works -
A paper about memory, just published, is an example of one incremental step in this process. In short, this research works out some of the fine detail at the molecular level for the process of forming visual memories.
Whose Genome? -
“What is a genome?” and “whose genome was sequenced?” are legitimate questions, and what follows is an attempt at clarification that is, by necessity, as much philosophical as scientific.
The Human Genome is Old News. Next Stop: the Human Proteome -
A Nature News article describes the initial plans for an ambitious effort to begin mapping the complete human proteome: the set of all human proteins expressed in all of our cells at all points during our development and adult life.
Widdle Biddy Stem Cells -
Very small embryonic-like stem cells pay provide a potential clue as to tissue renewal in adults.
The Individuality of Bacteria -
Larry debunks the common misconceptions about the biological study of life, which is that it promotes a determinism that denies individuality and freedom.
Where the Wild Microbes Are: A New Theory on How Pathogens Survive Food Processing -
Common sense says that washing and proper handling of our food should simply be enough to prevent illness outbreaks, but this isn’t always true.