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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.


Sep
29
comment What non invasive methods of estimating Body Time are there?
Don't forget cortisol/corticosterone!
Sep
28
comment Deducing synaptic strength from electron micrographs?
@WYSIWYG: I would be extremely wary of using such approach... you should really combine it with some ephys.
Sep
27
comment Changing the definition of life?
well, I do not know many people who think genes are alive...
Sep
23
comment Changing the definition of life?
it's not really the "parasite" part which is important, but rather the fact that they are obligate, i.e. they cannot reproduce by themselves, they need a host to do that.
Sep
23
comment Harmful effects of radiation from cell phone towers?
The answer is that there is no conclusive proof one way or another. I answered a very similar question here: skeptics.stackexchange.com/questions/6566/…
Sep
23
comment What are some readily available, easy to test, bacteria?
What does "easy to test" mean? Do you want to check if it is there or if it does something?
Sep
22
comment Why does shaving dehydrate the skin? Is there an hormonal effect involved?
@Rustyn Yazdanpour: I would assume it is just a local reaction, otherwise all of your skin would be affected, which is not the case... My take (but I may be wrong) is that it is just a side effect of the inflammation (e.g. some interleukins can cause dry skin).
Sep
22
comment What is the chemical composition of an egg shell?
@Rustyn Yazdanpour: I doubt you'll get acetate from olive oil... it would rather come from the reaction terdon wrote (where he omitted acetate ions). In any case no worry about that either, although there are definitely much better uses for eggshell (composting for instance).
Sep
22
comment Why does shaving dehydrate the skin? Is there an hormonal effect involved?
Hmmmm... any special reason that makes you think hormones are involved?
Sep
22
comment What would life expectancy be in the western world in the absence of Ischemic heart disease?
You may want to play a little bit with this: theguardian.com/news/datablog/interactive/2012/dec/13/…
Sep
18
comment Changing the definition of life?
"They don't seem to qualify as parasites": they do, they are obligate intracellular parasites.
Sep
18
comment Changing the definition of life?
@MiguelÁngelNaranjoOrtiz: I disagree. The "classic" point against viruses being alive is that they are obligate intracellular parasites. That said, even if cellularity (whatever that means) was the "rule" for being alive that surely would not be because "we want to exclude viruses". There are definitions of life and virus may or may not fit into them, but to say (without bringing any proof whatsoever) that the definition is made specifically to exclude viruses sounds very unscientific to me...
Sep
15
answered Which hormones can cross the blood brain barrier?
Sep
7
comment diameter = dia?
For instance: biology.stackexchange.com/questions/7364/… biology.stackexchange.com/questions/9890/… biology.stackexchange.com/questions/9427/…
Sep
7
comment diameter = dia?
We would not close a question asking what is the correct abbreviation for micrometers would we? This is exactly the same thing... voting to reopen.
Sep
7
answered diameter = dia?
Sep
7
comment diameter = dia?
@WYSIWYG: it is about well defined scientific jargon, it is not a matter of personal preference.
Sep
6
answered How to calculate extent of Sequence similarity
Sep
6
revised Why does the mixture of infant formula with saliva provide an ideal breeding ground for disease-causing micro-organisms?
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Sep
2
revised What is the genetic basis of blood type (ABO) system?
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