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I'm a researcher in neuroendocrinology

I'm interested in all that regards pattern recognition, time series analysis, rhythms etc.

My current research focuses in the exploration and modulation of the neuro-endocrine patterns that contribute to the generation of hormone pulsatility.


Jul
17
comment Beetroot white skin mould
To be honest, whichever the answer, better to stay on the safe side and throw it away.
Jul
12
comment How do ants sense imminent rainfall?
The circadian clock is a bit of a red harring here. Circadian and circannual rhythms are widely studies, and the molecular mechanism underlying them are quite well established (at least for circadian, less so for circannual). However, this does not imply in any way animals can sense changes in barometric pressure. They may or they may not, but circadian or circannual rhythms have nothing to do with that.
Jul
5
comment What visualization tool is used to create the PDB “Molecule of the month” images?
@nornagon: nice, I did not know about QueteMol!
Jul
2
answered What visualization tool is used to create the PDB “Molecule of the month” images?
Jul
1
comment Theoretically, what technique would one use to modify a virus so that it only affected a subset of the population?
@WYSIWYG: oops, sorry kelw, I was lazy enough not to scroll up to the top ;)
Jul
1
comment Theoretically, what technique would one use to modify a virus so that it only affected a subset of the population?
Please explain if you leave a negative vote so I can improve the answer. I can surely go into much nitty gritty detail about virology, but that will probably not help the OP, but rather confuse him...
Jun
30
comment Theoretically, what technique would one use to modify a virus so that it only affected a subset of the population?
@WYSIWYG: sure, sure, but I think that for a novel one can allow a little bit of "relaxation" in how correct is the biology :)
Jun
30
answered Theoretically, what technique would one use to modify a virus so that it only affected a subset of the population?
Jun
29
answered A question on ImageQuantTL
Jun
14
comment What are garlic's effects on DHT?
This should be migrated to Biology.SE
Jun
14
revised What are these strings used to describe animals?
spelling
Jun
13
answered What are these strings used to describe animals?
Mar
31
comment Cells created using differently aligned proteins
I don't see why. If everything in nature was specular, well, it could in theory work very well! I think we simply do not have any proof in favour or against to say more...
Mar
31
comment Cells created using differently aligned proteins
This assumes lots of things. There may be instances in which the active site is a bit "loose" to allow for multiple substrates and in which a D-aminoacid would not harm too much. Plus if everything, including the substrate, was D-form I bet there would be a high chance of it working. There are examples of antibiotics becoming more specific or selective when one aminoacid is changed from L to D (e.g. this and this)
Mar
31
comment Nervous system : Nerve signals
Would you have any references for the wrong innervation?
Mar
31
comment Brainbow fluorescence labeling technique
I would suggest to also read the original Brainbow paper by Livet and colleagues, which goes in details in the genetics of the system and its variations. Transgenic strategies for combinatorial expression of fluorescent proteins in the nervous system - Livet et al., Nature 2007
Mar
30
comment In Japan, mean human body is 36.0 °C, why so different from Europe?
Do you have any references for that (temperature in various parts of the body and methods of measuring in different countries)? It would be quite important to cite them in this case...
Mar
30
revised Substitute 25mM dNTPs mix with 10mM dNTPs
formatting formulas, spelling, general formatting
Mar
30
revised Influence of alcohol on brain cells
equation and links formatting
Mar
29
awarded  Enlightened