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  • Why Do We Like the Taste of Protein?

    A recent study highlighted by a new ad campaign from LiveWell Colorado found that 1 of every 2 Coloradoans are overweight or obese. Now consider that Colorado is one of the healthiest states in our nation, that doesn't bode well for Americans as a whole…
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  • How does a blood test tell you how long you might live? It's all in the DNA- but not the sequence of the DNA- in the replication of the DNA. Background: When cells want to divide and make daughter cells, they need to first make copies of their DNA (shown as smiley faces in the cell…
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  • First it was the tongue, then the guts, then the lungs, now researchers have found evidence that there are bitter taste receptors in the brain! Why? The scientists think that the activation of bitter taste receptors in the brain increases calcium in brain cells and this increase in calcium…
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  • Monday mornings I sort through the weekend's long trail of emails. As part of this routine, I receive my weekly search results on "chemoreception" from pubmed.gov-- an online database of biomedical publications. Usually I scan the titles and chalk it up to a "read later" file in my head- not t…
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  • New Frontiers in Chemesthesis: pronounced keem-E-thesis, think perception of pain, temperature, and touch (can be used in all sensory organs)- in the mouth it includes pain from capsaicin in hot peppers, menthol cooling sensation, and the signals are sent to the brain through cranial nerve V- …
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  • Day 2 Recap I woke up to the sounds of "Bell Tower" through my phone's alarm clock, and could not for the life of me understand why my husband hasn't hadn't hit snooze already, "but wait!" I realized groggily, "I'm in Florida, not in Denver, that must be the alarm I set last night." In…
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  • Optogenetics is not the newest craze (dates back to 2002), but it has huge potential and momentum (one peer reviewed article in 2006, exponential growth predicts 280 scientitsts will publish using this method in 2012). Optogenetics allows scientitsts to selectively express a gene in neurons…
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  • AChemS 2011 Day 1

    Posted 04/13/2011 by Nicole Garneau | Comments
    Made it to FL in one piece, no holes in the plane. Here's Meghan carrying our two posters we will present to the scientists and meeting attendees. Today was registration, an awards banquet and a cool key note address by Dr. Karel Svoboda on how mice use whiskers to identify objects -- scientis…
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  • Chelsea writes: I am interested in learning about your career as a Ph.D. working in a museum and how one goes about preparing themselves for that kind of career path. While I enjoy research, I am more interested in a career that involves education and public engagement in the sciences. Rece…
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  • I will be completely honest with you, I had no intention of blogging about this trip to Portland for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Regional Seminar. I suspected I would man the Genetics of Taste lab Wednesday morning, fly out of DIA, land in PDX, attend the conference and thus fi…
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