Author Archives: Richard Albistegui-Dubois

Were Giant Viruses the First Life on Earth? | Simons Foundation

Giant viruses, containing unique genes unlike those found in any other life (as well as genes not normally found in viruses, such as those for protein synthesis) are forcing new speculations about very early life on Earth. Were Giant Viruses … Continue reading

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Phineas Gage neuroscience case: True story of famous frontal lobe patient is better than textbook accounts.

I’ve passed on the usual stories about Phineas Gage, and how his famous incident changed him into a sociopath. It turns out that how his damage affected his personality is less certain than we thought. Phineas Gage neuroscience case: True … Continue reading

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The Surprising Science Behind Why and When We Yawn : The New Yorker

Why do we yawn? The short answer is that we still don’t know for sure, but here’s a pretty good (popular) summary of some current research. The Surprising Science Behind Why and When We Yawn : The New Yorker.  

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This stunning animal looks like a glitch in reality’s programming

So there’s a copepod, normally transparent, whose shell has a gap between two crystalline plates of just the right size to reflect blue light while allowing other frequencies to pass. Thus it shimmers between invisible and iridescent blue. This stunning … Continue reading

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Watching Molecules Morph into Memories | Albert Einstein College of Medicine

Some new work in how memories are formed. It looks like certain mRNAs are molecularly masked and unmasked based on activity in the neuron, so that translation occurs based on which synapses are active. Watching Molecules Morph into Memories | … Continue reading

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Gene therapy successfully used to treat one cause of blindness

Injecting good copies of a gene directly into the retina of patients with a genetically-based progressive blindness causes significant improvement in many of them. Retinal gene therapy in patients with choroideremia: initial findings from a phase 1/2 clinical trial : … Continue reading

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Energy capture in photosynthesis may use quantum effects

This article is from IO9, a fun but non-peer-reviewed site. They do link to the actual Nature Communications article, though. http://io9.com/new-evidence-that-plants-get-their-energy-using-quantum-1498695627?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+io9%2Ffull+%28io9%29  

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