The administration of George W. Bush was correct in 2008 to label the polar bear as ‘threatened’, but not ‘endangered’, under the US Endangered Species Act (ESA) – and it should stay that way, said the US Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) yesterday.
A technique that enables scientists to control the behaviour of cells using flashes of light has been named Method of the Year 2010 by the journal Nature Methods. Optogenetics, as it’s called, has already been used by neuroscientists to show which nerve cells fire when a sleeping mouse wakes. The technique is also expected to shine light on the interactions of proteins inside cells. Read more
For a lame duck, the current session of the US Congress certainly seems to be hitting its stride. Recent days have seen a raft of important legislation passing through both the House of Representatives and the Senate as lawmakers push to get their highest priority bills turned into laws. Here’s a quick overview of some of the developments today that will be of special interest to the scientific community: Let’s get it STARTED… The Senate voted 67-28 today to vote tomorrow on the New START treaty, a nuclear arms agreement between Russia and the US. New START – which stands … Read more
Finding a mouse in a package you’ve just picked up is hardly ever a good thing. Just ask Liz Wray.
But when the package in question is a container load of supposedly sterile medical goods things get really problematic. And that’s where gene sequencing enters the picture.