Tag Archives: physiology

Heat shock proteins keep mosquitoes fertile after they feed on you.

One of my committee members is an insect physiologist. I picked him for my committee because he’s an excellent physiologist who has experience with lipid chemistry. (He’s also an all around nice guy and a very successful scientist.) I took … Continue reading

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Total calorie intake is most influential in regulating adiponectin

Today I have a guest post over at the LabSpaces guest blog Dangerous Experiments. In that post I discuss a recent paper that examines the relative influence of total caloric intake, relative amount of dietary fat, and existing body fat … Continue reading

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What’s the deal with male circumcision and female cervical cancer?

Today I have a post over at the Scientific American Guest Blog on male circumcision and cervical cancer. In the post I discuss several papers on the efficacy of circumcision in reducing cervical cancer risk, the physiology behind how circumcision … Continue reading

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A correlation between gut bacteria and obesity.

Those of you who know me well know that I enjoy learning things by studying poop, and one of the great things in poop that we can exploit is the remnants of gut bacteria. A healthy bouquet of bacteria is … Continue reading

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Data rejuventation and diabetes.

I had a great meeting yesterday with Advisor and Collaborator. It was the kind of meeting that can take the same crappy data you’ve been working with since 2008 and turn it into something exciting and new because now you … Continue reading

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On the homunculus

  The two cortical projections of the human brain. Click to enlarge. (source) It occurred to me that perhaps I should explain the link between cortical projections and homunculi that I referenced at the very end of my last post. … Continue reading

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MRI study on transsexual brains

NewScientist reported today on a study (slated for publication next month) suggesting that transsexuals can be identified early in life by white matter patterns in parts of the brain. Brain MRI scans of untreated (I assume this means hormone therapy, … Continue reading

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