Translation Bioinformatics (free ebook)

A few years ago, PLOS Computational Biology has put together a collection of articles in a “book” format, Translational Bioinformatics.

Translational Bioinformatics

If you want to know more of what is between Bioinformatics and Health informatics, a field that tries to shorten the 15 years it takes for new research to get to the “bedside”, to the clinical medicine – give it a try.


Feelin’ Lucky? Is it more than just a feeling? (via LabSpaces)

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Are you lucky? Perhaps you’re unlucky. What is luck, anyway?

It’s tempting to consider it as some kind of magical force present in the ether, in which some individual seem more able to channel its influence than others.

Alternatively, it may be a force unto itself, bestowing favour or ill-fortune upon those who cross its path.

Both of those definitions, however, fail under scrutiny. This does not mean that ‘luck’ does not exist, nor does it mean that belief in it cannot be beneficial (or detrimental, in the case of bad luck). Luck (in part) does depend on how you understand it.

via LabSpaces.

What happens to your genes when you smoke a cigarette? (via Machines Like Us)

The effects of smoking cigarettes on gene activity have been investigated in the largest study of its kind. Researchers writing in the open access journal BMC Medical Genomics studied white blood cells taken from 1,240 people to identify 323 unique genes whose expression levels were significantly correlated with smoking behavior.

Jac Charlesworth led a team of researchers from the Southwest Foundation for Biomedical Research, Texas, USA, who carried out the study as part of the long running San Antonio Family Heart Study in families from the Mexican American community in San Antonio. She said, “Previous studies of gene expression as influenced by smoking have been seriously limited in size with the largest of the in vivo studies including only 42 smokers and 43 non-smokers. We studied 1,240 individuals, including 297 current smokers. Never before has such a clear link between smoking and transcriptomics been revealed, and the scale at which exposure to cigarette smoke appears to influence the expression levels of our genes is sobering.”

via What happens to your genes when you smoke a cigarette? | Machines Like Us.

How to increase serotonin in the human brain without drugs (Study) (via senmes)

In short:

* You have to self-induce changes in mood
* You have to catch some sun
* You have to assume tryptophan through diet (some advices in a future post)
* You have to go to the gym

“The study by Perreau-Linck and colleagues36 is the first to report that self-induced changes in mood can influence serotonin synthesis. […] Exposure to bright light is a second possible approach to increasing serotonin without drugs. […] Several lines of research suggest that exercise increases brain serotonin function in the human brain. […] The fourth factor that could play a role in raising brain serotonin is diet. According to some evi … Read More

via senmes

(see also my recent post)

2nd IMPRS NeuroCom Summer School – 6/8 July 2011

2nd IMPRS NeuroCom Summer School
London, UK, 6 – 8 July 2011

We would like to solicit your help to announce the 2nd IMPRS NeuroCom Summer School among your colleagues, your students, or any interested researchers. For more details please see:

The Summer School of the “International Max Planck Research School on Neuroscience of Communication: Function, Structure, and Plasticity” (IMPRS NeuroCom) is jointly run by the Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience, University College London and the Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences, Leipzig.

Target group:
We cordially invite national and international doctoral students, but also Master’s students and post-docs conducting research in the interdisciplinary field of cognitive neuroscience.
Participants are invited to present their current project in form of a poster.


Wednesday 6 July: Neuroscience of Communication
Organisers: Sophie Scott, Mairead MacSweeney
Angela D. Friederici
Thomas C. Gunter
Peter Indefrey
Cathy Price

Thursday 7 July: Sensory Processes
Organisers: Patrick Haggard, Jon Driver
Marc Ernst
Sabrina Pitzalis
Geraint Rees
Arno Villringer

Friday 8 July: Neural Connectivity
Organiser: Klaas Stephan
Rosalyn Moran
Marc Tittgemeyer

Friday 8 July: States of Consciousness
Organiser: Vincent Walsh
Quinton Deeley
Steven Laureys

Lecture Theatre
33 Queen Square Lecture
WC1A 3BG London
United Kingdom

Registration fee:

Working language:

Registration deadline: 31 March, 2011
Online registration:

Kind regards
Antje Holländer


Dr Antje Holländer
IMPRS Co-ordinator
Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences
Stephanstrasse 1a
04103 Leipzig, Germany 

Phone: +49 341 9940 2261

New software for designing autonomous artificial intelligence (via Machines Like Us)

Today, TinMan Systems, announced immediate availability of the TinMan AI Builder™ and Integrated Development Environment, enabling companies to rapidly design and deploy autonomous artificial intelligence in their host applications and systems.

TinMan AI Builder was developed as a result of the firm belief that increasingly human-like behavior is now possible through neural network based AI systems, but that those systems are very difficult and costly to develop and integrate.

via New software for designing autonomous artificial intelligence | Machines Like Us.