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March 2013 - Posts

ADVANCE Discourse: Lab

Laboratory Leadership Training
March 29, 2013 12:58 PM by Michael Jones
There’s that famous saying, “Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them.” I think it can be applied to any quality, especially leadership. As a kid, I always thought it was something people were just born with Read More...
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In the Genes
March 27, 2013 4:40 PM by Michael Jones
The ethical implications of genetic sequencing are really only just beginning to be fully realized, and these questions continue to contribute to the growing debate over information provided by the human genome. A recent story from NPR chronicled Henrietta Read More...
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Handheld Testing
March 22, 2013 5:01 PM by Michael Jones
The handheld testing application has always been something I’ve only ever imagined as a bad plot device in science fiction. For researchers at Columbia University’s The Flu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science, it was apparently much, Read More...
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The Fine Print
March 20, 2013 4:42 PM by Michael Jones
I remember when the Body Worlds Exhibit came to my local museum. I couldn’t believe it -- those were real people. My dad laughed when I told him about it and said, “That’s why you really have to read the fine print when you sign up to be an organ donor.” Read More...
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T-cells, Bee Cells
March 13, 2013 4:16 PM by Michael Jones
It seems like bees have been all over the news lately. Even if a story isn’t directly about them, it somehow seems to find a way to relate. A recent story from Newswise cited the similarities between honey bees and human T-cells, which have apparently Read More...
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Special Ingredient
March 8, 2013 4:04 PM by Michael Jones
Allow me to introduce you to the most famous cell you’ve never met. Traditionally, when we think of brain cells, we think of neurons -- up until today, I was blissfully unaware that there were even any other types of cells up there. Glial cells are similar Read More...
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Barefoot Blues
March 6, 2013 5:04 PM by Michael Jones
Whether working at the bench or on the floor, clinical laboratorians tend to be on their feet a lot. Recently, there’s been a fad going around supporting minimalist sneakers -- you’ve probably seen a pair. They’re the ones that have places for your toes Read More...
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Steady Hands
March 1, 2013 4:01 PM by Michael Jones
In what has to have been one of the most fun research studies in the history of academia, 21 surgical residents had to play video games on the Nintendo Wii “for an hour a day, five days a week, for four weeks” during their residency. In an article on Read More...
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