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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.


Jan
13
awarded  Nice Answer
Jan
13
comment Why we have no enzyme to digest cellulose?
You make a good point. I think these questions also come from the wrong perception (which was evident in the original version of the question) that evolution is finalistic towards making a species "perfect".
Jan
10
awarded  Nice Answer
Dec
27
comment Where are newly discovered medicines tested
Just to put all of this in perspective: this whole process (when properly done) can take around 15-20 years and a few billion euros.
Dec
25
revised A good book for history of biology/biotechnology for lay people
fixed formatting of list
Dec
19
comment Is there a downloadable list of all species along with their traditional classification?
@Ferdy: yes there is ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/guide/taxonomy
Dec
18
reviewed Approve Is there a molecular basis to intelligence?
Dec
15
awarded  Yearling
Dec
4
answered Is tongue rolling genetic?
Nov
22
comment What is the difference between SNP and STR?
Exactly, one could have CACT CACT CACT (3 times) and someone else CACT CACT CACT CACT (4 times). SNPs, are mutations in one single base.
Nov
22
answered What is the difference between SNP and STR?
Nov
19
comment Why is there such an argument about evolution?
OK, sorry I did not understand that was the sense of your question. In that case, may I point you to this excerpt from Carl Sagan's beautiful book "The Demon-Hunted World"?
Nov
19
comment Why is there such an argument about evolution?
The fact that there is not, and there cannot be a scientific proof of God makes any (pseudo)scientific argument referring to God a moot point. If you want to explain something using science then you must stay in the framework of the scientific method. Putting God into the equation is a deus ex machina (pun intended) just doesn't work. You can of course explain evolution by means of divine intervention, but you cannot call that science.
Nov
12
comment Can a plant be programmed to produce any arbitrary object?
For instance, there is Mycoplasma laboratorium
Nov
3
comment How does smoking, an environmental factor, cause cancer, fundamentally a genetic disease?
The fact that not everyone who smokes develop cancer does not rule out that those carcinogens be (amongst) the causes of cancer in those people who do.
Nov
3
comment Why were dinosaurs not as smart as we are?
"Smart" is an extremely subjective thing...
Oct
29
comment Are there any types of cancer that cause neurons to divide?
@terdon: new neurons can be born in the adult brain. The phenomenon is less important (in terms of numbers) compared to other cell types, but still it exists. Adult neurogenesis has been reported in pretty much all mammals (see for instance: ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16022595 ). To be honest, I do not know until what age this happens. Surely in the mouse adult neurogenesis is seen also even well after adolescence.
Oct
28
comment Can this image be the result of a Western Blot?
How was the initial image aquired? Could just be a result of the compression algorithm used for the original image...
Oct
28
comment Are there any types of cancer that cause neurons to divide?
@biogirl: actually you are right, most brain tumours are glial. However, gangliocytomas have neuronal components and neurocytomas are strictly neuronal, although rare.
Oct
28
comment Are there any types of cancer that cause neurons to divide?
You mean brain tumors? Those are actually not that rare...