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Ask Nature - the Biomimicry Design Portal: biomimetics, architecture, biology, innovation inspired by nature, industrial design - Ask Nature - the Biomimicry Design Portal: biomimetics, architecture, biology, innovation inspired by nature, industrial desi Research Researchers at CSHL are devoted to understanding the fundamental biology of human cancer and the development of new diagnostics and therapeutics for specific cancer types. Topics of interest include cancer genetics, tumor biology, mouse models for human cancer, chromosome dynamics, epigenetics, gene expression, DNA replication and cell signaling. CSHL neuroscientists focus on understanding how neural activity and neural circuitry underlie behavior as well as how disruptions in these circuits lead to dysfunction and neurological disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease, autism, schizophrenia and depression. Plant Biologists at CSHL focus on plant development and gene expression, using Arabidopsis, maize and tomato as model systems. In addition to leading to a better understanding of these basic processes, this research also works to improve agricultural yield and biofuel production. Much of the research at CSHL involves genetic and genomic information and approaches.

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Thoughts on Neuroplasticity I recently read a fascinating book, The Brain That Changes Itself by Norman Doidge. He describes case histories and research indicating that the brain is far more malleable than we once thought. We used to think each function was localized to a small area of the brain and if you lost that area of brain tissue the function was gone forever. Learning a new skill actually changes the structure and function of the brain, even into old age. One of the more intriguing experiments he describes was in monkeys. Researchers hypothesized that the monkeys had “learned” that one arm didn’t work in the period right after the surgery when the spinal cord was still in spinal shock, and then never re-learned that they could use it when the shock passed. He describes the case history of a stroke patient who recovered very little function and was dismissed from conventional rehabilitation as having reached his maximum improvement. Much of chronic pain is learned behavior.

ActionBioscience - promoting bioscience literacy Fundamental Biosciences Life sciences include disciplines of science that are concerned with the scientific study of life – including microbes, plants, and animals, including humans. Biology is an umbrella term for the natural sciences that study life, with the other life sciences serving as subfields. Also, in the area of Life sciences, we aim to promote the understanding of biodiversity of life and improve bioscience literacy to increase global ecological consciousness and promote bioscience education. Goals and Features of Bioscience on To achieve the beforementioned aims, this section features articles written by scientists, scientific educators and science students on a variety of bioscience-related subjects. The record shows time and again that one person or a small group can awaken the public to the importance of an issue and bring about a startling change in the direction of a society.Hal Mooney. Inspired by the American Institute of Biological Sciences (AIBS)

Cell Size and Scale Some cells are visible to the unaided eye The smallest objects that the unaided human eye can see are about 0.1 mm long. That means that under the right conditions, you might be able to see an ameoba proteus, a human egg, and a paramecium without using magnification. A magnifying glass can help you to see them more clearly, but they will still look tiny. Smaller cells are easily visible under a light microscope. To see anything smaller than 500 nm, you will need an electron microscope. Adenine The label on the nucleotide is not quite accurate. How can an X chromosome be nearly as big as the head of the sperm cell? No, this isn't a mistake. The X chromosome is shown here in a condensed state, as it would appear in a cell that's going through mitosis. A chromosome is made up of genetic material (one long piece of DNA) wrapped around structural support proteins (histones). Carbon The size of the carbon atom is based on its van der Waals radius.

Main Exhibits | Bacteria This site brings together many links on bacteria, bacteriology, and related topics available on the web. It also provides crystal-clear information about many aspects of bacteria. If you're unfamiliar with the subject, here's a start: Bacteria are living things that are neither plants nor animals, but belong to a group all by themselves. Choose from the three main menues at the top the Main exhibits, to find general information on bacteria, the Bacterial species files, to find lists of links about specific bacteria, or the Special feature files, for some fun reading. BREAKING NEWS: Trudy Wassenaar, the curator of this museum, has published a book about - what else? This site was produced with financial support from the Foundation for Bacteriology (Prof. Waksman Foundation for Microbiology In case you are interested to sponsor this site, please contact us

For neuroscientist the eye is a window to mind's workings (12/6/2007) Sabine Kastner likes to show people that the difference between Darth Vader and Yoda is largely a matter of perception. "Put these glasses on," she says, offering a pair of goggles with two different-colored lenses, "then look at the screen and tell me what you see." A glance at her laptop reveals the visage of Vader, the dark-helmeted nemesis of Jedi Knights from the "Star Wars" films, on the screen. But tell her so, and Kastner then asks, "Are you sure you don't see anything else?" As though succumbing to a Jedi mind trick, the viewer's brain suddenly morphs Vader's helmet into the wizened face of the elfin creature Yoda -- an image that was always there, but only visible to the left eye. "Visual perception is not a passive thing where you just open your eyes and take everything in. A new approach to old questions About two decades ago, Kastner was majoring in philosophy at Georg-August-University in Göttingen, Germany. An eye on the problem "He's my continual motivation," she said.

Snake Oil? The scientific evidence for health supplements See the data: See the static versionSee the old flash version Check the evidence for so-called Superfoods visualized. Note: You might see multiple bubbles for certain supplements. This visualisation generates itself from this Google Doc. As ever, we welcome your thoughts, crits, comments, corrections, compliments, tweaks, new evidence, missing supps, and general feedback. » Purchase: Amazon US or Barnes & Noble | UK or Waterstones » Download: Apple iBook | Kindle (UK & US) » See inside For more graphics, visualisations and data-journalism: Protein family key to aging, cancer The list of aging-associated proteins known to be involved in cancer is growing longer, according to research by investigators at Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center and the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The new study, published Oct. 17 in Cancer Cell, identifies the protein SIRT2 as a tumor suppressor linked to gender-specific tumor development in mice. Along with two other "sirtuin" proteins previously linked to cancer, the new finding suggests the existence of a rare "family" of tumor suppressors. Cancer is primarily a disease of aging, with the majority of cancer cases occurring in people over 50. However, the biological processes that underlie this association are not clear. In the late-1990s, sirtuins were linked to extended lifespan observed in several species maintained on a calorically restricted diet. They found that SIRT2-deficient mice developed tumors in multiple tissues -- and, strangely, male mice and female mice developed tumors in different tissues.