#SciLogs Weekly Roundup: Science Seeker Awards, The Conversation UK, Endlings, Hopeful Monsters

18 May 2013 by Khalil A. Cassimally, posted in SciLogs

Every weekend, I publish a roundup of the week’s SciLogs.com blog posts along with some reactions from the comment feeds and social media.

Big news this week is that SciLogs.com bloggers won two of the eleven Science Seeker Awards with an additional two of our bloggers nominated as finalists. The winners are Nathalia Holt and Pete Etchells; Nsikan Apkan and Jalees Rehman (highlighted by BoingBoing’s science editor) were finalists. Needless to say, we’re all very excited!

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Khalil A. Cassimally: SciLogs.com Bloggers Shine At Science Seeker Awards

Stephanie Swift: How to survive the bacterial antibiotic revolution

Lee Turnpenny:

[...] The fact that extracts might kill bugs in a lab dish often doesn't mean much clinically. Does this suggest that people who eat more of these 'ancient' foodstuffs are less susceptible to bacterial infections? Because if they are so effective, we might wonder why we ever needed antibiotics at all. (To risk an irrelevant anecdote...) I eat garlic and honey every day, and probiotic yoghurt occasionally (though I do not apply them externally). Yet my diet did not concern my GP when he recently deemed it necessary to prescribe me a course of antibiotics. I'm not assuming you would argue that my prescription was unnecessary or avoidable; but the 'nutritionists' might read you so.

Stephanie Swift, in response:

[...] You are definitely right - showing that different antibiotic-resistant bugs can be killed in a dish does not equate to clinical efficacy. I remember once reading an article that implied that breast milk could cure cancer - because they squirted breast milk in a dish of cancer cells, and they all died. I would probably die if I was immersed in breast milk, too. It doesn't necessarily follow that breast milk has inherent anti-cancer properties.

Kerstin Hoppenhaus: Release of “Chimpanzee” in Germany

GrrlScientist: True Facts About The Dung Beetle | video

Jalees Rehman: Cellular Alchemy: Converting Fibroblasts Into Heart Cells

Lucien Gendrot:

[...] What age-related cellular damage could likely be causing the decreased function? Mitochondrial misfunction? Lysosomal storage issues? Intra and Extra Cellular debris inhibiting cell function? Genomic instability? Overabundance of inflammatory molecules of the sort that can also cause insulin resistance and which are found to increase in total concentration with age?

Jalees Rehman, in response:

The aging question is an excellent one, but I might be biased, because my laboratory studies cellular aging and mitochondrial reactive oxygen species in stem and progenitor cells.

I was also intrigued by the lower reprogramming efficiency of aged adult cells; this is not only true for conversion of fibroblasts to cardiomyocytes, but also holds true for generation of the fully pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) from adult cells. The success of making iPSCs declines when using older or mature cells. Neonatal cells work best for reprogramming studies. Cells that have some resistance to aging because they are adult progenitor cells are also well-suited for reprogramming to an iPSC state. When the "aging regulator" p16 is removed from adult cells, it increases the reprogramming efficiency [...]

Kerstin Hoppenhaus: There is no method that cannot be improved

Anne-Marie Hodge: The Lemur Underground: New Evidence For Primate Hibernation


Lee Turnpenny: Grammar and gender

Laura Nielsen: Ozone loss and recovery in the Arctic

Viktor Poór: Data interpretation (cartoon)

GrrlScientist: Journal Club: Scarlet macaw genome sequenced

Tania Browne: The Joy of Stats


Matt Shipman: Bringing Academia into the Newsroom: An Interview with Akshat Rathi

Tom Webb: On endlings and singletons


Lowell Goldsmith: Research Techniques Made Simple: Genome-Wide Epigenetics Q&A

Kerstin Hoppenhaus: Neanderthal notebook

Jalees Rehman: “Citizen Science”: Scientific Consensus On Global Warming

Claudette Walker on Google+:

Clear... evidence is before your eyes.

Kausik Datta: Stealthy emergence of Cryptococcus gattii in North America

Malcolm Campbell: Hopeful Monsters

Malcolm Campbell: Morsels for the mind – 17/5/2013

Kausik Datta: A Brush With Journalistic Style of Authoring

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