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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.


Apr
8
comment How long does it take to stain cells?
And another factor is what you are staining: times are shorter for cells in culture compared to tissue slices (i.e.: ICC vs IHC), as the antibody will need time to deeply penetrate in the tissue.
Apr
7
comment How long does it take to stain cells?
The temperature plays an important role, too: incubating at 4°C or at RT makes a big difference.
Apr
6
comment Why are some bodily fluids more of an infection risk than others?
@Rory M: good point, although I have to say I wouldn't like to be the one who tested that!!! :D
Apr
6
comment Why are some bodily fluids more of an infection risk than others?
I would say that diarrhea is a medical condition, not a bodily fluid. I would use the term feces instead (OK, fluid does not apply to that either, maybe "bodily secretion" would be better?)
Apr
6
comment Why is coffee a laxative?
@leonardo: the effect of water would very much depend on the coffee. A cup of Italian coffee and a cup of American coffee have extremely different volumes.
Apr
6
comment Are cells really the basic unit of all life?
@Ilmari Karonen: there is a subtle difference between a parasite and an obligate parasite
Apr
6
comment What evolutionary explanations are there for death?
@MartaCz-C: sure, but my question is about "helping his own granchildren". The fact of helping them in no way means you are spreading your own genes. The fact of having granchildren means you spread your own genes in the past which... well is the purpose of reproduction.
Apr
6
comment Why is maintaining a circadian rhythm important?
Note that this is probably tied to the fact that most, if not all, of the hormonal system in our body work in a pulsatile way, which is controlled by the circadian clock.
Apr
6
comment What evolutionary explanations are there for death?
@MartaCz-C: how does helping grandchildren spread genes? The only way for an old person to continue spreading his/her own gene is to have kids which would actually be bad.
Apr
6
comment Are cells really the basic unit of all life?
OK, I am not sure I necessarily agree with their views but your answer now deserves a +1.
Apr
5
comment What evolutionary mechanism caused felines to develop purring?
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Purr#Reasons lists several other possible reasons for purring. I'm not a big fan of antropomorphisation of animal habits, but I guess a clear response is still elusive in this case
Apr
5
comment Soma-soma paired neurons
Just for completeness: not all neurons connect to another neuron :)
Apr
5
comment Are cells really the basic unit of all life?
sorry I had missed the sentence about viruses
Apr
5
revised Brain + ethanol experiment suggestions needed
fixed typos
Apr
5
comment Are cells really the basic unit of all life?
Also, please link to the sources of the papers that you mention and give relevant extracts of the authors conclusions about ribozymes being a life form (or otherwise clearly state that that is your personal interpretation of their results, which is absolutely fine, of course).
Apr
5
comment Are cells really the basic unit of all life?
I disagree with your conclusions. Otherwise should we say that a virus or a prion is alive?
Apr
5
comment Are cells really the basic unit of all life?
@LanceLafontaine: I do not think lack of a clear-cut answer is a problem per se. The impossibility of giving a proper scientific answer is, though (for questions on this website, that is). Calling on the possibility of undiscovered extraterrestrial life which is not cell based is like claiming you have an invisible, incorporeal, floating dragon who spits heatless fire in your garage...
Apr
5
comment What evolutionary mechanism caused felines to develop purring?
I guess the first question to ask is: "Why do cats purr?". If I remember correctly it is not really clear, so I doubt an evolutionary mechanism for it is known. As for the roaring I suspect that size matters.
Apr
5
comment Why do the sick and unhealthy trees leaf out first in spring?
@jmusser: the market value of the wood of a tree has nothing to do with its leafing time. A 1 year old willow may be as good to its environment as a 300 years old oak tree: we may find it more valuable, but that is economy, not biology. I suspect that the pattern you are seeing there has to do with age rather than "wood quality".
Apr
4
comment Are cells really the basic unit of all life?
@bobthejoe: and what they would say it is then?