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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.


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, mean human body is 36.0 °C, why so different from 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...
Mar
29
comment Cells created using differently aligned proteins
That seems extremely far fetched to do with current technology... in any case, natural aminoacids are called L-aminoacids and their "mirror counterparts" are the D-aminoacids. Maybe that can help with your search?
Mar
21
comment How do cellphones calculate heart rate?
@WYSIWYG: if you look at ~1:40 of the the Siggraph 2012 video you will see that the algorithm works for dark skin tones too.
Mar
21
comment If everybody DNA is different then how blood can match even with matching blood group?
Since the antigens are genetically encoded DNA IS the determining factor when it comes to a blood transfusion. Just not all of it.
Mar
17
comment How does DNA mess up
Transitions are transformations between purines or between pyrimidines (that is C becoming a T or viceversa and A becoming a G or viceversa). Transversions are between a purine and a pirimidine (the red arrows in the picture). You can also have so called "wobble pairings" or "non Watson-Crick pairings" such as C-C, T-G, A-C.
Mar
16
comment Conserved proteins are non immunogenic
@biogirl: most commercial antibodies are generated by injecting the antigen into an animal. Most used speciars are rabbits, sheep, goats, chicken, guinea pigs, rats and mice. You can get antibodies synthesized in bacteria as Chris pointed out, but I would say that is not the most common way nowadays.
Mar
16
comment If DNA has a half life of about 500 years, how can old seeds be planted?
+1 for showing that the Materials and Methods section of an article is as important (if not more) than its Results section.
Feb
19
comment Do vitamins help our memory?
Why the close votes? The question was a bit "bare", sure, so I edited it a little. In any case I think it fits this site very well.
Jan
30
comment Does a phenotype include the presence of a recessive gene
Hmmmm... no, that is not what a Punnet square does. A Punnet square gives you the expected outcome of a specific crossing. In any case the table in the question has nothing to do with it, aside from having some genotypes written in it...