The value proposition for stem cell therapies

As more regenerative medicine research moves toward clinical trials, it’s a perfect time to be asking not just ‘what can we achieve?’, but also ‘what can we afford?’Crossing the valley of death between regenerative medicine research and clinical approval requires rethinking how we evaluate and fund the clinical trial process. (Stock photo)The promise of regenerative medicine — new treatments and cures for many devastating and costly diseases — will soon be within our grasp. Globally, there are now more than 700…

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A new silky ant: Sericomyrmex radioheadi

Credit: Ana JešovnikThe ants of the genus Sericomyrmex -- literally translated as 'silky ants' -- belong to the fungus-farming ants, a group of ants that have figured out how to farm their own food. The silky ants are the less well-known relatives of the famous leaf-cutter ants.At only four million years, Sericomyrmex is an evolutionary youngster, the most recently evolved genus of fungus-farming ants, and an example of adaptive radiation which is a process in…

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Tuesday reads

Happy DNA Day! Has been a little while since the last post but I have been busy with a lot of different tasks and working myself into new projects. Here is hope that things will go back to normal slowly. Lots of interesting reads today starting with two of my own.The School Malaise Trap Program: Coupling educational outreach with scientific discoveryThe School Malaise Trap Program (SMTP) provides a technologically sophisticated and scientifically relevant educational experience…

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Cerveau et corps ne font qu’un, a fortiori quand on parle des émotions

Préparant ces derniers jours la deuxième séance de mon cours de l’UPop Montréal qui s’intitule Cerveau et corps ne font qu’un (la cognition incarnée), j’ai été amené à réviser les grandes voies de communication entre le cerveau et le reste du corps. Et ça m’a rappelé à quel point elles sont nombreuses ! Si l’on ne considère d’abord que le système nerveux (car il faudra ensuite  considérer les systèmes hormonaux et immunitaires), le système nerveux…

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From the inbox: Postdoc @ Kartzinel Lab at Brown

Position Title: Postdoctoral Research Associate in Environment and Society: Molecular Ecology/Conservation BiologyLocation: Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology; Institute at Brown for Environment and Society, Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island, USAPosition Description: The Kartzinel Lab at Brown University is seeking a postdoctoral research associate in molecular ecology and conservation biology to collaborate on studies of the ecology and evolution of animal diets, especially in African savannas (http://www.kartzinellab.com/). The postdoctoral project will emphasize conceptual and analytical…

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To make learning stick, go the extra mile

This is a cross post from the npj Science of Learning Community blog.I’ve been teaching myself the guitar lately. Like many people, I start with a song that I like, and once I’m semi-proficient at it, I get bored and immediately move on to the next one. And so it goes, day after day, rinse and repeat. But here's the rub: even with diligent practice, none of songs seem to stick with me.As it happens,…

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