The biological sciences and education often highlight a dichotomy between addressing conservation biology scientifically and addressing it creatively. However, this is unnecessary and hinders efforts in conservation biology. Through the means of a “romantic teaching” education, both science and imagination can be employed so that efforts in conservation biology are understood and appreciated by scientists, politicians and the general public.
Messenger RNA (mRNA) is more than just a carrier of information from the genome to the ribosome. Some mRNAs include additional sequences that regulate their message by sensing molecules in the cell. These “riboswitch” sequences are an interesting and unique form of biosensor and cellular regulator.
What do you think of when you picture a marine biologist at work? Perhaps a SCUBA diver counting animals underwater, or people leaning over the side of a boat to put tags on whales, or exploring the deep ocean using submarines. Or even a person bending over a microscope, trying to identify tiny plankton. Few people would picture someone sorting through the contents of ancient trash heaps, or comparing Roman mosaic artworks, or poring over old colonial maps. After all, those are jobs for archaeologists and historians. Marine biologists study ocean life, not human history, right?
Recent work by the Buckwalter Lab at Stanford University indicates that eliminating B cells following stroke may protect patients from later developing vascular dementia.
Cancer is difficult to treat because it mutates quickly and frequently, enabling cancer cells to develop resistance to many therapies. However, scientists and doctors can take advantage of the many mutations in cancer using a concept called synthetic lethality.