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    Michelle Clement Michelle Clement has a B.Sc. in zoology and a M.Sc. in organismal biology, both from The Ohio State University. Her thesis research was on the ecophysiology of epidermal lipids and water homeostasis in house sparrows. She now works as a technical editor for The American Chemical Society. Like this blog on Facebook. Follow on Twitter @physilology.
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  • Parkinson’s disease patients get free lifetime access to 23andMe personal genome service.


    23andMe are offering free lifetime access to their personal genome service to people who have been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease for their participation in their Parkinson’s disease research initiative. Below is a promotional video for the project that highlights Muhammad Ali’s struggle with Parkinson’s disease and his participation in 23andMe’s research program. If you or [...]

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    Chemistry teachers: Request a free chemistry activity kit from ACS


    The following is an e-mail I received from the ACS Kids & Chemistry Program Manager. I’m re-posting it here to spread the word. If you know any chemistry school teachers who might benefit from this program, please forward them the relevant info. With the support of a grant from the National Science Foundation and the [...]

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    How a cup of coffee a day may help to keep type 2 diabetes at bay.


    Many of us, especially the current or former graduate students among us, are addicted to our breakfast caffeinated beverage of choice. Mine is tea, but if I had to guess, I’d wager that the most popular option is coffee. We chug it down in the morning to get ready for our day, we sip it [...]

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    Links Post – January 15, 2012


    Physiology The wonderful quail… and what Sen. Coburn should learn about it and Cocaine and the sexual habits of quail, or, why does NIH fund what it does? Bora and Scicurious tackle the topic of another study that came under fire in Senator Coburn’s Wastebook. What’s Inside: Enzyte Male Enhancer. It’s mainly just a bunch [...]

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    Pigs like video games too! Interspecies gaming to combat boredom, aggression in livestock.


    I like video games (I will rip up some Assassin’s Creed whenever I get a long weekend, do NOT get me started). My cat likes video games too, even though she doesn’t understand that she’s playing them. On a whim not too long ago, I downloaded a “games for cats” app on my iPad that [...]

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    The Research Works Act would deny taxpayers access to federally funded research.


    The short of it (covered in depth by Michael Eisen, and Razib tipped me off to the issue) is that Carolyn Maloney, a congresswoman funded by Elsevier, which is a major for-profit publishing company, is trying to pass the Research Works Act, which would deny Americans free access to research funded by taxpayer money. Currently, [...]

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    Memorable links from the second half of 2011

    As I expected, this set of links is a bit shorter than the last. Also, I just discussed my new year’s resolution with Kedar, and it is to blog more often. Feel free to ping me on Twitter if you think I’m doing a bad job living up to this resolution. The Evolutionary Errors of X-Men [...]

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    Video: The science of champagne

    If you’re reading this post, congratulations! You’ve made it to the end of 2011! You may be going out tonight to ring in the new year with friends and family, and if so, there’s a good chance that you’ll be sipping some champagne when the clock strikes midnight. Below is another video from Byte Size [...]

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    Memorable links from the first half of 2011

    2011 was an exciting, stressful, occasionally scary, and very fruitful year for me, personally and professionally. I hope you are all pleased with the way life treated you this year. And if not, there’s always 2012! Instead of reviewing my activities in the past year, I thought I’d do something a little different and share [...]

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    The Guppy Project is not wasteful, Sen. Coburn.


    Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK) has a degree in medicine, so I would expect that he’s had some rudimentary biology education at some point in his life. However, you wouldn’t know it just from glancing through the entries in his “Wastebook“, a list of projects funded by the government that he considers wasteful. A good handful [...]

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