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Fire with Fire - Ross Kauffman - GE FOCUS FORWARD

Subscribe to the GE Channel: http://full.sc/12xcByI Who would dare to pit one fatal disease against another... inside the body of an six-year-old patient? Th...
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Probably one of the most interesting developments of recent months, a fascinating introduction to using HIV to combat cancer. 

 

A must watch!

 

Thank you Kai

 

 

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Your Tweets Can Predict When You’ll Get the Flu

Your Tweets Can Predict When You’ll Get the Flu | Biology @ JIS | Scoop.it
Simply by looking at geo-tagged tweets, an algorithm can track the spread of flu and predict which users are going to get sick. Image via Adam Sadilek, University of Rochester In 1854, in response to a devastating cholera epidemic that was sweeping...

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Pertinant to our work on cholera and epidemiology.

The following (harsh) video details the events of the post-earthquake cholera outbreak in Haiti, and the nature of it's origin....

 

http://www.nytimes.com/video/world/americas/100000001463594/cholera-grips-haiti.html

 

Maybe epidemiology has a new tool?

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Susan Grigsby @sksgrigsby's curator insight, November 8, 2013 3:46 PM

So...geo-tagged tweets can be used to track everything from a flu outbreak to a food poisoning outbreak. Do you think the NSA has figured this out, too? Who needs cell phone data? Interesting and a little scary... wonder if this will help Twitter's IPO?

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Lian Pin Koh: A drone's-eye view of conservation

Ecologist Lian Pin Koh makes a persuasive case for using drones to protect the world's forests and wildlife. These lightweight autonomous flying vehicles can track animals in their natural habitat, monitor the health of rainforests, even combat crime by detecting poachers via thermal imaging. Added bonus? They're also entirely affordable.

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Brilliant talk about using some of our most modern (and sinister) technology to aid conservation of the rainforest and remote areas. 

 

If you don't know much about Quadrocopter drones, have a look here 

http://www.wired.com/gadgetlab/2013/08/a-new-quadcopter-for-the-novice-drone-pilot/

 

You can even make one from Lego

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2012/12/21/lego_quad_copter_drone/

 

and at the discussion happening at the moment on TED

http://www.ted.com/conversations/21428/which_application_of_drones_ex.html

 

 

 

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That's Why Carbon Is A Tramp: Crash Course Biology #1

And thus begins the most revolutionary biology course in history. Come and learn about covalent, ionic, and hydrogen bonds. What about electron orbitals, the...
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This is the first video in a series of 40 from the online genius that is CrashcourseBiology. If you follow the link above, it will take you too a fantastic selection of 10 odd minute videos that will support and expand your learning, anything from ATP to Zorses.

 

Use thse any time you feel stuck, and let me know if you find them useful.

 

Thank you Shannon!!

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New Pakistan quake island emits gas

New Pakistan quake island emits gas | Biology @ JIS | Scoop.it
Visitors to an island that emerged from the sea off Pakistan during an earthquake on Tuesday say it emits flammable gases.
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A new island has emerged from the sea near Pakistan. This is an opportunity to see the effects of primary succession in action

 

Cheers Mr Briffa

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Baby With H.I.V. Is Reported Cured

Baby With H.I.V. Is Reported Cured | Biology @ JIS | Scoop.it
The baby, born in rural Mississippi, was treated aggressively with antiretroviral drugs starting around 30 hours after birth; if further study shows this treatment works, it will almost certainly be recommended globally.

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Sherriden Masters's curator insight, March 11, 2013 3:10 AM

An article you must read, as much of a game changer as the Berlin Patient. By using of aggressive retroviral therapy, scientists in Mississppi seem to have rolled back the onset of HIV in a newborn.

 

More info here

http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2013/03/04/173258954/scientists-report-first-cure-of-hiv-in-a-child-say-its-a-game-changer

 

Thank you Johan

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Typhoid Breaks Out In Rebel-Held Syria

Typhoid Breaks Out In Rebel-Held Syria | Biology @ JIS | Scoop.it
By Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA, Feb 19 (Reuters) - Typhoid has broken out in an opposition-held region of Syria due to people drinking contaminated water from the Euphrates River, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Tuesday.

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Sherriden Masters's curator insight, March 11, 2013 2:21 AM

As developed systems and infrastructure break down, it is clear to see the benefit of such things. Clear case in Syria as water and sanitation systems fail, Both typhoid and hepatitis are becoming more prevalent.

Thank you Miss McLaren.

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Fetal Genome Screening Could Prove Tragic : Scientific American

Fetal Genome Screening Could Prove Tragic : Scientific American | Biology @ JIS | Scoop.it
Unborn children will soon have their genes mapped. Without proper guidance for parents, the tests could prove calamitous

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Sherriden Masters's curator insight, March 11, 2013 2:11 AM

A very interesting and thought provoking article, especially as our own students may face this in their lifetime. It seems that while the scientific community is wringing its hands about the morality and ethics of such interventions, The private sector is providing these services with little or no support. Thank you Mr Shaw

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Doctors would tax sugary drinks to combat obesity.

Doctors would tax sugary drinks to combat obesity. | Biology @ JIS | Scoop.it
Hiking the price of fizzy drinks would cut consumption and so help fight obesity, urges the British Academy of Medical Royal Colleges

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Sherriden Masters's curator insight, February 25, 2013 10:29 PM

Using strategies that are effective in cutting consumption of cigarettes and alcohol.... on sweet drinks. Further links to "fat taxes" such as recent ones in Europe could be interesting.

Thank you Miss McLaren

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Instant Expert 30: Photosynthesis - New Scientist

Instant Expert 30: Photosynthesis - New Scientist | Biology @ JIS | Scoop.it
Richard Cogdell's expert guide to plants' power supply explores its mysterious quantum nature, its dramatic past and its tantalising, bioengineered future

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Sherriden Masters's curator insight, February 14, 2013 9:07 PM

Richard Cogdell FRS is the Hooker Professor of Botany and director of the Institute of Molecular, Cell and Systems Biology at the University of Glasgow, UK.

Great series of articles to expand understanding about photosynthesis, and describes current applications of photosynthetic biology. Thank you Mr Shaw

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New MRSA superbug strain found in UK milk supply

New MRSA superbug strain found in UK milk supply | Biology @ JIS | Scoop.it
A new strain of MRSA has been found in British milk, indicating that the superbug is spreading through the livestock population and poses a growing threat to human health.

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Sherriden Masters's curator insight, February 25, 2013 10:52 PM

Very interesting article about MRSA in milk. While it is "mostly" destroyed by pasteurisation, this is still an ominous portent of things to come.  

 

"Three classes of antibiotics rated as “critically important to human medicine” by the World Health Organisation – cephalosporins, fluoroquinolones and macrolides – have increased in use in the animal population by eightfold in the last decade"

 

Also, useful tips to make almond milk in comments!!

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Antibiotic-resistant diseases pose "apocalyptic" threat, top expert says

Antibiotic-resistant diseases pose "apocalyptic" threat, top expert says | Biology @ JIS | Scoop.it
Chief medical officer Dame Sally Davies tells MPs issue should be added to national risk register of civil emergencies

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Sherriden Masters's curator insight, February 25, 2013 10:45 PM

Another in a recent spate of antibiotic resistance articles. The civil emergency of this one will be much more longstanding I guess...

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Why are we running out of effective antibiotics? - video

The Guardian's science correspondent Ian Sample explains why we are running out of effective antibiotics

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Sherriden Masters's curator insight, February 14, 2013 10:35 PM

Very interesting video on antibiotic resistance and its possible implications for humanity.

 

Supported by this article

http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/2013/jan/23/antibiotic-resistant-diseases-apocalyptic-threat

 

Also highlights Education as major factor in combating resistance emergence due to non-completion of antibiotic courses.

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Cholera Resources - The Story of Cholera

A short animated film produced by the Global Health Media Project http://globalhealthmedia.org in collaboration with Yoni Goodman http://yonigoodman.com. Thi...
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Bunch of great links to articles that may flesh out the teaching of cholera.

 

Above is a great way to introduce the impact of cholera, and the use of ORS. It is also a great example of "cross language" public awareness.

 

Here is a very good video about John Snow and his work on cholera and epidemiology. Tasty Water indeed!!! 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pq32LB8j2K8

 

As a follow on, here is John Snow's origional data overlayed onto modern mapping software, which is downloadable if you wish?

 http://blog.rtwilson.com/john-snows-cholera-data-in-more-formats/

 

 The implication of poor sanitation (particulartly after a disaster or conflict) is highlighted in this video from Haiti, which had no incedinces of cholera for 100 years, but saw over half a million cases, and over 8000 deaths from 2010.

http://www.nytimes.com/video/world/americas/100000001463594/cholera-grips-haiti.html

 

Follwing the investigation detailed above, litigation began last month in US courts between the UN and Haiti, and continues on..........

http://uk.reuters.com/article/2013/10/09/us-haiti-cholera-un-idUKBRE99805N20131009

 

This is a backchannel disease and epidemiology forum, in which citizens and other organisations are encouraged to report on transmissable diseases. this serves as a helpful tool to epidemiologists, but also creates an interesting disjunct between formal, government communcation, and that of the general public.

http://www.flutrackers.com/forum/index.php

 

Hope these help, Feel free to add any more in comments if you fancy.

 

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Bonnie Bracey Sutton's curator insight, November 23, 2013 9:06 AM

This is a story that was told at SC in a different way.

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Can you smell the perfect partner?

Can you smell the perfect partner? | Biology @ JIS | Scoop.it
Is Tim Dowling married to the right woman? A new book suggests that we unconsciously select the perfect partner by sniffing out their 'compatibility genes'.
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Interesting and very detailed article on the nature of genetics and compatibility. The author reports the process of finding out the degree of compatibility between his partner and himself.  

 

Quite a controversial subject if you begin to expand on this concept, the information gathered for "Compatibility testing", is the same as that of genetic screening, and so should be protected with the utmost legal and moral measures. 

 

Thank you ever so much Yi Wen.

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DON’T PANIC — The Facts About Population

DON’T PANIC — The Facts About Population | Biology @ JIS | Scoop.it
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I know this is a long one, but I (and Mr Briffa) would suggest that you carve out a lump of time to enjoy it. Hans Rosling is an eminent population statistician, with a particular flair for making boring numbers come to life. In this amazing video he shows some of the most recent research from his field, interlaced with stories from around the globe. 

 

The message he portrays is "Don't panic" population growth is not as dire as we all may think.

 

Cheers Mr Briffa

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Mordin Solus Amino Acids Song

Mordin Solus teaches how to easily remember all the 20 amino acids. Song: Mass Effect 3: Citadel Editing: Me Thanks for IdhrenLives who provided me the origi...
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A little song to help remember amino acids, non essential (sorry) but funny and informative. 

 

Cheers Nipun

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Study 'sheds new light' on how superbugs resist antibiotics.

Study 'sheds new light' on how superbugs resist antibiotics. | Biology @ JIS | Scoop.it
Edinburgh scientists say they have shed new light on the way superbugs such as MRSA are able to become resistant to treatment with antibiotics.

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Sherriden Masters's curator insight, March 11, 2013 2:42 AM

Interesting article on the role restriction enzymes play in the emergence of antibiotic resistant strains of bacteria.The study was carried out in collaboration with Leeds University and Portsmouth University with partners in Poland and France.


Thank you Amalina

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US supreme court rules human genes cannot be patented

US supreme court rules human genes cannot be patented | Biology @ JIS | Scoop.it
Court calls DNA a product of nature, contradicting biotech firm's argument that isolated strains had 'markedly different structure'

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Sherriden Masters's curator insight, June 20, 2013 4:13 AM

One of the latest stories about the Biotch attempt to patent the BRCA gene, a key factor in breast cancer development.

 

Not quite as clear cut however, is how the definitions of the court's ruling will be interpreted from here on.

 

http://www.guardian.co.uk/science/2013/jun/13/human-genes-ruling-problem-remains

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A step closer to 'synthetic life'

A step closer to 'synthetic life' | Biology @ JIS | Scoop.it
In what they describe as a step towards creating synthetic life, scientists transplant the genome of one bacterium into another.

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Sherriden Masters's curator insight, March 11, 2013 2:38 AM

"This paves the way to the creation of a synthetic organism - inserting a human-made genome into a bacterial cell."

This is at the very cutting edge of genomic and microbiological research. The implications of "life by design" are unfathomable, from novel applications to the philosophical outcomes.  One to keep an eye on.....

 

Research paper related to this 

http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/jop.12054/abstract;jsessionid=0E83ABF2190DC803E91D0B1B0347F9D7.d01t02

 

Thank you Amalina

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Facing Your Genetic Destiny: Scientific American

Facing Your Genetic Destiny: Scientific American | Biology @ JIS | Scoop.it
The use of predictive genetic tests is still limited to a handful of relatively rare and highly hereditary diseases, but that's about to change

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Sherriden Masters's curator insight, March 11, 2013 2:17 AM

This older article is useful for reflection on the issues we face when considering genetic intervention. It also illustrates how slowly our ethical and moral values change, as the issues here are ten years old, and we are no closer to resolving  them. The technology however, race on.....

 

Part two

http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=facing-your-genetic-desti

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Emerging Epidemics: Anne Rimoin Hunts Monkeypox in the Congo River Basin

Emerging Epidemics: Anne Rimoin Hunts Monkeypox in the Congo River Basin | Biology @ JIS | Scoop.it
The deadly outbreak of an illness that used to infect only animals but now jeopardizes the survival of all humanity has long been a standard thriller movie plot (think Contagion or the 1995 classic Outbreak) .

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Sherriden Masters's curator insight, February 25, 2013 10:35 PM

Video is here http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=Iiujp3IhNdE

 

Fascinating work on tracking monkeypox infections in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. this is in the hope that should it emerge as a pandemic, a good deal of the scientific groundwork on the virus can be done.

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First snaps made of fetal brains wiring themselves up - 20 February 2013 - New Scientist

First snaps made of fetal brains wiring themselves up - 20 February 2013 - New Scientist | Biology @ JIS | Scoop.it
Scans of fetal brains as they develop could shed light on the causes of schizophrenia and autism

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Sherriden Masters's curator insight, February 25, 2013 10:24 PM

Very interesting article, using fMRI (functional Magnetic Resonance Imagery) to scan babies is hard, as they move about quite a bit. As the process becomes cheaper, and more available to researchers, lots more opportunity to catch a glimpse at what is going on inside the foetal brain.  Fascinating.....

Thank you Miss McLaren.

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What are Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells? (iPS Cells)

Induced Pluripotent Stem (iPS) Cells were developed in 2007 by Shinya Yamanaka of Kyoto University. 


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Sherriden Masters's curator insight, February 14, 2013 10:59 PM

In 2012 he and John Gurdon were awarded the Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine for the discovery of this procedure.

This research is believed to have been the positive outcome on the federal funding ban on research using embryonic stem cells over the last few years.

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Reusable Learning Objects (RLOs) from Healthcare Faculty UoN

Reusable Learning Objects (RLOs) from Healthcare Faculty UoN | Biology @ JIS | Scoop.it

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Sherriden Masters's curator insight, February 14, 2013 2:31 AM

177 high quality, albeit higher level, learning presenatations on a variety of healtcare related topics.  Many relavent to AS/A2 courses.