February 2009

Will this dog hunt?

February 25, 2009

By Jeremy Manier Will Saletan of Slate gave this new blog a very gracious shout-out yesterday – many thanks. He also replied to my earlier post taking Will to task a bit about “designer dogs.” I’d suggested that dog breeding [Read more]

Detecting pancreatic cancer

February 23, 2009

By Jeremy Manier There’s a fine pancreatic cancer piece in the Chicago Tribune today by Robert Mitchum, a friend of the blog who recently got his Ph.D. in neurobiology at the University of Chicago. Rob uses a new study on a potential method of [Read more]

“The Inner Life of the Cell”

February 16, 2009

By Jeremy Manier Kenneth Miller gave a typically captivating talk at the AAAS meeting yesterday in which he showed an eye-popping video illustrating what goes on in our cells all the time. Ken was kind enough to send us a link to the full library [Read more]

Aliens under our noses?

February 15, 2009

By Jeremy Manier If life has emerged more than once in the universe, where would we look for it? That was the subject of “Weird Life,” a symposium held this morning at the American Association for the Advancement of Science meeting in Chicago. A [Read more]

Beyond Stem Cells

February 14, 2009

Photo credit: University of Wisconsin-Madison By Jeremy Manier Suddenly George W. Bush is no longer the easiest target for anyone frustrated at the pace of scientific progress. He started to occupy that position at 9 p.m. Eastern time on Aug. 9, [Read more]

Neandertal news? Eh…

February 13, 2009

By Jeremy Manier Like PZ at Pharyngula, I’m still looking for some concrete news in today’s seemingly big announcement – at the AAAS conference here in Chicago –  that scientists have sequenced most of the Neandertal [Read more]