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Biomedical Research and Policy Reporter — Nature Magazine

Biomedical research and policy reporter at @NatureNews covering brains, bugs and NIH. Recovering molecular biologist, nature lover, music snob. Opinions mine.

False memories generated in lab mice

False memories generated in lab mice
newscientist.com — In the 1940s, neurosurgeon Wilder Penfield found his patients would recall seemingly random information - the smell of cookies for instance - when he stimulated different brain areas with electric shocks. Two studies have now found evidence to support the memory storage theory that Penfield stumbled across.

US agency suspends clinical trials after contamination risk discovered

US agency suspends clinical trials after contamination risk discovered
nature.com — The US National Institutes of Health (NIH) has suspended two of its manufacturing facilities that were found to be at risk of contaminating materials intended for use in patients, the agency announced on 19 April. Several clinical trials that use products made by those facilities are also on hold and will not be recruiting new patients until the issues are resolved.

NIH suspends clinical trials after contamination risk discovered

NIH suspends clinical trials after contamination risk discovered
nature.com — The US National Institutes of Health (NIH) has suspended two manufacturing facilities that were found to be at risk of contaminating materials for use in patients, the agency announced on 19 April. Several clinical trials that use products made by those facilities are also on hold and will not be recruiting new patients until the issues are resolved.

Dirty room-mates make lab mice more useful

Dirty room-mates make lab mice more useful
nature.com — Laurent Geslin/naturepl.com Most scientists stocking a lab with mice order the animals from a commercial supplier. But David Masopust, an immunologist at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, chose a more difficult route. He decided to catch wild mice in a barn at a petting zoo - where he then had to fend off a cockatoo vying for one of the trapped mice.

Mutated mitochondria could hold back stem-cell therapies

Mutated mitochondria could hold back stem-cell therapies
nature.com — BSIP/UIG/Getty Images Induced pluripotent stem cells (iPS) - those derived from adult cells - are inching closer to the clinic. But as a new study helps to show, much work remains before the field can yield mainline treatments.

Largest Ever Study Of Transgender Teenagers Set To Kick Off

Largest Ever Study Of Transgender Teenagers Set To Kick Off
huffingtonpost.com — For transgender children who think their bodies are the wrong sex, puberty can be terrifying. To alleviate this psychological trauma, physicians are increasingly giving transgender adolescents drugs to block puberty until their bodies - and decision-making abilities - are mature enough to begin cross-sex hormone treatment, typically at age 16.

Mysterious Antidepressant Target Reveals Its Shape

Mysterious Antidepressant Target Reveals Its Shape
scientificamerican.com — Prozac (fluoxetine) and similar antidepressants are among the most prescribed drugs in the United States, but scientists still don't know exactly how they work. Now one piece of that puzzle-the structure of a protein targeted by several widely used antidepressants-has been solved.

Mysterious antidepressant target reveals its shape

Mysterious antidepressant target reveals its shape
nature.com — John Greim/Science Photo Library Prozac (fluoxetine) and similar antidepressants are among the most prescribed drugs in the United States, but scientists still don't know exactly how they work. Now one piece of that puzzle - the structure of a protein targeted by several widely used antidepressants - has been solved.

Largest ever study of transgender teenagers set to kick off

Largest ever study of transgender teenagers set to kick off
nature.com — Andrew Spear/NYT/Redux/eyevine For transgender children who think their bodies are the wrong sex, puberty can be terrifying. To alleviate this psychological trauma, physicians are increasingly giving transgender adolescents drugs to block puberty until their bodies - and decision-making abilities - are mature enough to begin cross-sex hormone treatment, typically at age 16.

Largest ever study of transgender teenagers kicks off

Largest ever study of transgender teenagers kicks off
nature.com — Andrew Spear/NYT/Redux/eyevine For transgender children who think their bodies are the wrong sex, puberty can be terrifying. To alleviate this psychological trauma, physicians are increasingly giving transgender adolescents drugs to block puberty until their bodies - and decision-making abilities - are mature enough to begin cross-sex hormone treatment, typically at age 16.
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May 03, 2016

RT @newscientist: Where do zoologists have a pint? Probably at The Dove or the Drunken Duck :) pic.twitter.com/bB7rqncGM5

Apr 29, 2016

"If I were an Australian dragon living in Frankfurt, I'd be dreaming of a warm day in the sun." @abcnews abc.net.au/news/2016-04-2…

Apr 29, 2016

Fantastic @halhod article on Google TOTALLY NOT BEING EVIL while secretly analyzing medical data from UK patients newscientist.com/article/208645…

Apr 28, 2016

Debunking the debunkers of urban myths. Wonder how many of these orginate in the BMJ's Christmas issue? fivethirtyeight.com/features/who-w…

Apr 26, 2016

RT @FT: Dear Anna (aged 14), Duly noted. We must be getting old. Yours, The FT (aged 128) on.ft.com/1rfhNW0 pic.twitter.com/wiWB6DxqXr

Apr 25, 2016

@alfaruque @michaelhoffman Other thing bothering me right now: epidemiologists who talk about non-linear lines.

Apr 25, 2016

Naming conventions make plant geneticsts seem like very angry people. Eg: “Methylation is catalysed by DOMAINS REARRANGED METHYLTRANSFERASE”


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