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Aiding woodworms for destruction: Scientists in the USA has isolated wood digesting enzymes yet another time. The mollusk attacks ships and scientists were wondering how an organism which lacks enzymes in its gut could accomplish this feat. They discovered a symbiotic relationship between a bacteria living in its gill and the mollusk. A few years ago, experiment was done in ruminants using a fistula which … Continue reading Research News – 3

Research News – 2

Review on CRISPR-CAS system of genomic editing. Targeting cancer cell metabolism: Just like the Crabtree effect in S.cerevisiae, Cancer cells have unusually high glycolytic flux as well. Even when there is oxygen available, cancer cells choose to ferment, to accumulate lactic acid. This is known as Warburg effect. I wonder if the excreted lactic acid stresses cancer cells, just as acetic acid is toxic to S.cerevisiae ? … Continue reading Research News – 2

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Mineral Composition of the Sugarcane Juice and Its Influence on the Ethanol Fermentation: Magnesium seems to aid bioethanol production. The authors analysed the composition of sugarcane juice from three different places in Brazil. The authors recommend keeping the Mg2+ conc. above 600 mg/L to prevent the reduction in the yield. The Point of it all: A PhD student from the US shares his experience on his project. He writes: “Wrestling with a research question is a rewarding … Continue reading Research news – 1

Publish or Perish

The conversation When ‘exciting’ trumps ‘honest’, traditional academic journals encourage bad science By Robert de Vries, University of Oxford Imagine you’re a scientist. You’re interested in testing the hypothesis that playing violent video games makes people more likely to be violent in real life. This is a straightforward theory, but there are still many, many different ways you could test it. First you have to … Continue reading Publish or Perish

What is life ? A 21st century perspective

Craig Venter: I was asked earlier whether the goal is to dissect what Schrödinger had spoken and written, or to present the new summary, and I always like to be forward-looking, so I won’t give you a history lesson except for very briefly. I will present our findings on first on reading the genetic code, and then learning to synthesize and write the genetic code, … Continue reading What is life ? A 21st century perspective

Neurochemistry of power

The neurochemistry of power has implications for political change By Nayef Al-Rodhan, University of Oxford Power, especially absolute and unchecked power, is intoxicating. Its effects occur at the cellular and neurochemical level. They are manifested behaviourally in a variety of ways, ranging from heightened cognitive functions to lack of inhibition, poor judgement, extreme narcissism, perverted behaviour, and gruesome cruelty. The primary neurochemical involved in the … Continue reading Neurochemistry of power