Tagged: science

sciency holidays

by Juliane For the end of the year, I would like to share another science video, this time holiday themed. enjoy and happy holidays!    


by Juliane In 2003 these two fish swam across the pacific ocean to find Nemo: Five years earlier, S. Yamaoka and colleagues also set out to find Nemo, the NF-kappaB essential modifier. NF-kappaB is a very famous transcription factor, which is present in all eukaryotic cells and can be activated by a large number of […]


You can snap your fingers. You can snap a photo, use it in windows 7 or snap a lock shut. To snap is a very useful verb. No wonder that some scientists (G. Oyler and colleagues) decided that SNAP would be a great acronym for synaptosomal-associated protein. SNAP was discovered in synaptosomes in 1989. Synaptosomes are […]


by Juliane This is a lamp, lamps come in lots of different sizes and shapes. Some of them are even shaped like this: The lysosome-associated membrane glycoprotein, Lamp to its friends, is part of the lysosome and therefore involved in digestion of foreign materials and autophagy. LAMP1 and 2 were first discovered in 1985, since […]

Effects of remote, retroactive intercessory prayer

by Juliane Effects of remote, retroactive intercessory prayer on outcomes in patients with bloodstream infection: randomized controlled trial. Published by Leibovici in the British Medical Journal BMJ in 2001. BMJ currently has an impact factor of 17.215. The title of this article sounds kind of strange, so let’s see if I have got this right: Remote […]

cookie monster

I am happy to report that Drosophila geneticists have not lost their sense of humor in the last 40 years. This paper from 2003 describes the cloning and characterization of a novel meiotic arrest gene, which they name cookie monster, “because the cells look like a whole bunch of cookie monster eyes”. Cookie monster is […]

Dancing Science

The seminal and most hilarious (in my opinion) science dance video on you tube, is the one where a rather large group of students danced the prokaryotic translation on a football field at Stanford in 1971. Since the 70s quite a lot of science themed dance videos were posted on youtube, or wherever they got posted […]


I have previously written about Oscar, recently I found out that there is also Oskar which is is involved in Drosophila embryonic development. Oskar is transcribed from maternal mRNA and absolutely crucial for establishing the anterior-posterior axis of the developing embryo by localizing the germ line cells at the posterior pole of the embryo. The […]

Golden tickets to a marathon

by Juliane I got a PhD. Doing it was very normal: I did research in a laboratory, during the 2nd year I started to realize that my supervisor wasn’t the all-knowing wise man I thought he was, and after my third year he finally grew tired of having me around, so he let me graduate. […]


If you follow this link, you will be able to listen to trance music, which was really popular in the 90s. Interestingly, at the same time a D. Anderson from the group of L. Galibert in Seattle and B. Wong from the group of Y. Choi in New York published papers about TRANCE the TNF […]