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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
11
comment Why do I only breathe out of one nostril?
hmmmm.... I don't really buy the smell part. The nasal cycle lasts 2-3 hour, which seems to long to account for desensitization to smell...
Aug
29
comment Life without DNA?
Also: ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22798070
Aug
29
comment Life without DNA?
@woliveirajr the original papers can be found here: GFAJ-1 Is an Arsenate-Resistant, Phosphate-Dependent Organism and Absence of Detectable Arsenate in DNA from Arsenate-Grown GFAJ-1 Cells. However, I wouldn't go as far as saying they "debunked" the study, just gave better explanation for their results (i.e. applied the scientific method).
Jul
28
comment What kind of microscope for ML/biological research?
Although what you say is correct, remember that mounting, especially if using specific microscopy mounting media increases the quality of the image. See for instance: microbehunter.com/…
Jul
28
comment Is pork poisonous?
@WYSIWYG: good point. Taenia can be quite problematic especially in poor countries where it is more prevalent.
Jul
27
comment What kind of microscope for ML/biological research?
obviously there are many factors to consider. I wouldn't spend 2000 euros on a microscope if I just want to give it a try... better to start with a cheap one and see whether you like it, then move on if you really want to get serious. Unfortunately there are certain microscopes you just cannot afford to buy, but then get a job in an imaging lab if you want to play with those toys! It's lots of fun!
Jul
27
comment What kind of microscope for ML/biological research?
I have mixed feeling about this. Sure, you can see stuff with a small microscope, but sometimes you want crisper images than those you posted (and maybe with less fringing). But I am probably spoiled by using expensive scopes :P
Jul
27
comment What kind of microscope for ML/biological research?
Put it this way: if I come to you and ask "I am a biologist wanting to learn about ML. Should I learn about linear regression or about classification trees?". Surely you would reply "depends on what you want to do in the end". This is exactly the same situation :)
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
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
14
comment What are garlic's effects on DHT?
This should be migrated to Biology.SE
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, the official average body temperature is 36.0 °C. Why so different from that of 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...