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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
10
comment RNA or ribosome, which one moves during translation?
@balaka: it does not say ribosomes are anchored to mRNA, just that they are anchored.
Apr
10
comment RNA or ribosome, which one moves during translation?
Of course it all depends on your reference system. If an observer were on the mRNA then he would see the ribosome moving :)
Apr
9
comment What does the 34/70 in Saccharomyces pastorianus Weihenstephan 34/70 stand for?
No, the yeast stops growing at 34, so that's most probably just a coincidence, as I said. As for the new information... your question does not contain any of this and you said there was no Wikipedia or NCBI page, so I pointed out that there are in fact such pages, that's all. If the other answer is better accept that, I surely won't be offended.
Apr
9
answered What does the 34/70 in Saccharomyces pastorianus Weihenstephan 34/70 stand for?
Apr
9
revised What does the 34/70 in Saccharomyces pastorianus Weihenstephan 34/70 stand for?
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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).