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anciendaze has a total of 70 entries.

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    In 2009 there was a study using pyrosequencing to compare the viral communities in sputum from the lungs of people with cystic fibrosis (CF) to viral communities in sputum of healthy individuals. Pyrosequencing (and 454 sequencing) is one of several competing methods generally referred to as deep sequencing. Details of the distinctions between them would take us far afield. The important...
    anciendaze, Jul 18, 2011
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    While researchers dealing with biochemistry of the central nervous system were plagued by doubts, uncertainty and confusion, medical practitioners exhibited far more confidence. The distance between "this just might make you feel better" and "this will fix what ails you" is short enough to fit on a prescription pad. Prescriptions which don't actually cure anything have the advantage of...
    anciendaze, Jul 16, 2011
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    In the beginning, there were no neurotransmitters, and the brain was without form, and void of activity. (Well, O.K., maybe it had the appearance and structure of a mushroom in the morel family, or some corals, and maybe it had some kind of activity as indicated by galvanic responses and "animal magnetism".) Then, there was a flash of insight! Scientists said, "let there be lightning" in the...
    anciendaze, Jul 15, 2011
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    During the American Civil War, in 1863, Confederate General Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson was shot by accident by his own sentries as his party was returning from a reconnaissance. He was hit twice in one arm, and once in one hand. Though his wounds were not immediately life-threatening, he slipped into shock. Days later, after the arm had been amputated, he died of pneumonia. This...
    anciendaze, Jul 14, 2011
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    Lets consider a great triumph of medicine, vaccination to prevent smallpox. This innovation is credited to Dr. Edward Jenner, who certainly deserves praise for his work. How did this come to be standard practice? The observation that people who survived one bout with smallpox were immune to later epidemics of the same type is as old as the disease. In Turkey this led to variolation,...
    anciendaze, Jul 12, 2011
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    In order to arrive at what you do not know you must go by a way which is the way of ignorance. T.S. Eliot Science was originally nothing more than a Latinate synonym for knowledge. Its specific use to designate the activity of scientists can be traced back only to the 19th century. My topic today is the essential counterpart of new science, ignorance. This is a large subject, so I'll...
    anciendaze, Jul 12, 2011
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    This post is different from previous ones I've made. I'm going to try to put current problems and controversies into a broader biological perspective. This will not appeal to everyone. The problem I'm grappling with is a fundamental one with implications far beyond the moment. Abstractions mentioned are likely to be unfamiliar. This does not mean they are vague, sloppy or inapplicable, only...
    anciendaze, Jun 28, 2011
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    Gerwyn (he who must not be named) has turned up an early paper on virus which appeared when tissue samples were 'passaged' through nude mice. Type C virions include retroviruses; some sizes can hardly be anything else. I've selected some sentences from the abstract which practically jumped off the page at me. > In another instance type C virus particles were seen replicating in the...
    anciendaze, Jun 25, 2011
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    Contamination has as many heads as hydra. Unfortunately, all the recent publications on this subject w.r.t. XMRV haven't done much more than reiterate doubts expressed less clearly in earlier papers. Let me systematically consider each of the multiple meanings of contamination, so far as I have been able to assign fixed meanings. Meaning one: Huber found her laboratory was contaminated by...
    anciendaze, Jun 20, 2011
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    This is my first attempt at a blog post. I've avoided the genre up until now because my personal life is exceptionally dull. ( I could tell you a lot about bedroom ceilings.) Besides reading and sleeping, I do a good bit of thinking. Some of these thoughts may be of interest to others. While I'm not in a position to say if science (or Science) has gained from the debate over XMRV, I can...
    anciendaze, Jun 14, 2011