Suicide Epidemic: Since NIH-funded Clowns Do Not Want to Discuss It, We Will
A large number of NIH-funded parasites waste taxpayers’ money with the excuse that they are working toward improving the health of Americans. Francis Collins, the head of NIH, uses every opportunity to tell everyone how research funded by NIH helps in improving the life expectancy of Americans (a flat out lie). Yet, when research by Deaton and Case uncovered that the life expectancy of Americans of prime age (45-54) was falling, primarily due to rising suicides, Collins and his minions went completely silent.
Population Genetics of Ancient Jewish Population in India
‘Ancient’ Bene Israel Jews and late-arrived Baghdadi Jews in India started the Bollywood movie industry. Many famous early Indian actresses also came from these communities. This is not common knowledge in India, because those actresses took Muslim (Firoza Begum) or Hindu (Sulochana, Pramila) screen names.
Was Google Really Censoring Elhaik's Khazar Research in 2013?
In 2013, Dr. Elhaik complained about his home page at John Hopkins University mysteriously disappearing from google searches right after his first Jewish genomics paper started to gain attention. We reproduced his complaint here, and then his page came back on top again after a few days.
Organoids and the Coming Medical Revolution - (ii)
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Transfer RNAs and Neurodegenerative Disorders
Among all biomolecules within the cell, tRNAs got the least respect. Their supposed importance ended right after the ‘adaptors’ related to entries in the genetic code table were identified (mid-60s). Since then, the attention shifted to more complex RNAs like the rRNAs.
Organoids and the Coming Medical Revolution - (i)
Among various biotechnology inventions of the last few years with potential to revolutionize medicine, nothing excites us more than growing of three- dimensional human organoids on matrigel. Therefore, we plan to devote a number of posts on this topic to keep our readers aware of the practices, potentials and challenges.
Epigenetics Debacle - Do You Feel Sad for Sid Mukherjee?
Over the weekend, Pulitzer Prize winning writer Sid Mukherjee published an article ‘Same but Different - How epigenetics can blur the line between nature and nurture’ in the New Yorker magazine.
Geopolitics - Several New Developments Will Define the World in the Coming Decades
One year back at this time, all of Obama’s proxy war bets were going well. Ukraine’s rebel block was in bad shape, Russian economy was in free fall, Eurozone was booming, ISIS was ready to strike at the heart of Damascus and Saudis confidently marched into Yemen expecting to control the place within a month. Even the Greeks were excited with the election of Varoufakis as finance minister.
Peak Sequencing and 'Moore's Law' Deception
Our earlier article on Illumina’s surprise announcement received a number of informative comments. We like to discuss them here, but first it is important to explain the term ‘peak sequencing’ properly. That explanation requires us to discuss the relevance of using Moore’s law for sequencing.
The Lab That Invented Nanopore Sequencing
Yesterday, I attended an interesting talk by Ian Derrington, who is currently working as a post-doctoral researcher in the lab of professor Jens Gundlach at the University of Washington (UW). For those who do not know, Gundlach lab is the first to identify and use MspA as an efficient pore molecule for nanopore sequencing, and they published several key papers related to development of the technology over the years. In my understanding, Illumina’s licensing of MspA-related patents from UW is the basis of their IP lawsuit against Oxford Nanopore.
Comments on Our New Paper - "Sequence Analysis and Comparative Study of the Protein Subunits of Archaeal RNase P"
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