Tagged: science


by Juliane This week I will write about Drosophila genetics. The founding fathers of modern genetics were very creative when naming their favorite genes; from Sonic Hedgehog to Bride of Sevenless, their gene names read like titles of novels rather than hard science. While being super-creative however, they did groundbreaking science, resulting in several Nobel […]


by Juliane When you think about Oscar you might think about him: Or him: but unless you work on the effects of inflammation on bone density and development you might not think of the Osteoclast-associated immunoglobulin-like receptor. Osteoblasts (the cells that make bone) and osteoclasts (the cells that absorb bone) work together to maintain a […]

Is the media shaping us or do we shape the media?

by Juliane I often find the presentation of science and scientists in the media quite biased. This might be because I am female and for a long time have had a hard time seeing a person like myself portrayed in popular media. However, the presentation of scientists in the media can be an interesting reflection […]


by Juliane Merlin-the wise wizard, the guardian of ancient wisdom long since lost in the fog of time. Merlin,who played a pivotal role in the epic that unfolded around King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table by placing a sword into a stone. Merlin- a regulator of the Hippo/SWH signalling pathway. Merlin,who plays […]

Popular Science Articles – Something for Everyone

compiled by Noah In this regular series, I will highlight fascinating new and old articles covering most scientific fields. 1. The mouse trap – The dangers of using one lab animal to study every disease (Slate, November 2011) A huge and long overdue examination of possible drawbacks associated with the over use of the mouse […]

Protein of the week

Introducing: Protein of the week by Juliane Everybody knows scientists are very serious people, who spend all of their time in the lab working out which proteins are expressed in cells and what those proteins do. Whenever they find a new protein they give it a name and a number, like A1XT53, that nobody can […]