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This is a first! An article being reviewed on YouTube in the form of a folk song http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_6jAWIeu4Bg I think we've found the future of post-publication review.
Lindsay Bremner will be presenting "Driving fast-spiking cells induces gamma rhythm and controls sensory responses". Please RSVP by Tuesday evening if you'd like to attend.
"This recent article was one of a pair that used the new technique of optogenetic manipulation to investigate the basis and function of cortical gamma oscillations, which are believed to be crucial for information processing in the brain. The authors test the hypothesis that gamma oscillations are induced by a specific subset of interneurons, and go on to look at the effect of oscillatory phase on the processing of a single sensory input (whisker deflection). I picked the paper because it demonstrates the powerful nature of this new technique for addressing important in vivo network questions, and also because the authors attempt to look at what the oscillations might mean for the processing of real sensory stimuli. "
This week David Koos will be presenting "Grueneberg Ganglion Cells Mediate Alarm Pheromone Detection in Mice". Please RSVP by Tuesday evening if you'd like to attend.
Marie Suver will be presenting a paper describing the response properties of motion-sensitive interneurons in Drosophila using whole-cell patch-clamp recordings. Please RSVP by Tuesday evening if you'd like to attend.
How to reject a paper... pretend you're British http://scienceblogs.com/sunclipse/2009/11/how_to_reject_a_paper_advice_f...
Artistic interpretation of optogentics from Justin Wood http://www.wired.com/magazine/2009/10/mf_optigenetics/all/1
Mancuso et al. make the point that previously it has been thought that the evolution from dichromat to trichromat "would require evolutionary/developmental changes, in addition to acquiring a third cone type" and that their results demonstrate that "trichromatic colour vision behavior requires nothing more than a third cone type." While this may be possible, given that some females of this species of primate already possess trichromatic color vision, it also seems possible that the species already underwent the evolutionary changes required for the transformation from dichromacy to trichromacy.
I will be presenting "Gene therapy for red-green colour blindness in adult primates". Please leave a comment or email me by Tuesday evening if you would like to attend.
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Science devotes 11 articles to Ardi, the oldest known hominin at 4.4 million years old. http://www.sciencemag.org/ardipithecus/