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Most chimp experiments unnecessary, says US panel

Outright ban in US ruled out, but bar raised for justifying experiments on chimpanzees


Posted in Bioethics, Science News Links.


Zoologger: My brain’s so big it spills into my legs

Little spiders have a big problem – their brains are so big they have literally spilled out of their body cavities and into their legs


Posted in Science News Links, Strange Lifeforms.


Persistence pays off for crystal chemist : Nature News

Nature - the world's best science and medicine on your desktop

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Science publishing: The trouble with retractions : Nature News

Nature - the world's best science and medicine on your desktop

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Lunchtime science : Nature : Nature Publishing Group

Biophysicist at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut. Shared 2009 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for knowledge of the structure and function of the ribosome [mdash] the intracellular machine that builds proteins from instructions carried by RNA. Born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in 1940. The oldest of five children, Steitz has admitted to being an average student in high school, until motivated to compete against his youngest brother who was getting better grades. Steitz was a keen musician and chorister, and considered a career in music before finally choosing to pursue science.

Posted in Science News Links, Scientist Profiles.


Lunchtime science : Nature : Nature Publishing Group

Biophysicist at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut. Shared 2009 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for knowledge of the structure and function of the ribosome [mdash] the intracellular machine that builds proteins from instructions carried by RNA. Born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in 1940. The oldest of five children, Steitz has admitted to being an average student in high school, until motivated to compete against his youngest brother who was getting better grades. Steitz was a keen musician and chorister, and considered a career in music before finally choosing to pursue science.

Posted in Science News Links, Scientist Profiles.


The Most Highly Cited Paper in Publishing History: Protein Determination by Oliver H. Lowry

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Evolution: New origins for old plants : Nature : Nature Publishing Group

Posted in Plants, Science News Links.


Biophysics: More than a bystander : Nature : Nature Publishing Group

The tendency of hydrophobic surfaces to aggregate in water is often invoked to explain how biomolecules recognize and bind to each other. Water seems to have a much more active role in these processes than had been thought.

Posted in Physiology, Protein Biology, Science News Links.


Ralph Steinman (1943–2011)

Ralph Steinman (1943–2011)

Nature 478, 7370 (2011). doi:10.1038/478460a

Authors: Michel C. Nussenzweig & Ira Mellman

Immunologist and cheerleader for dendritic-cell biology.

Posted in Science News Links, Scientist Profiles.