Oh, Google. I remember the days before your name became a verb associated with mild stalking. The days long ago when you were just the weird alternative to Yahoo! for email and internet queries. How far you’ve come – pervasive in every part of my life.
Maybe it’s about time you get used a little more for the science world. Above and beyond searching for job openings for graduate students, that is. A group of researchers from Dresden University of Technology in Germany have tailored the Google PageRank algorithm to better be able to predict clinical prognosis for pancreatic cancer patients. Their work is published in the May issue of PLoS Computational Biology.
If you give a mouse a cookie, he’ll probably ask you for a glass of milk. And then he’ll do a bunch of other stuff, and get thirsty. And if he gets thirsty, he’ll ask you for a glass of milk. And if he asks you for a glass of milk, chances are he’ll want a cookie to go with it.
I remember reading that book so much as a kid. I also remember being obsessed with Taz as well. Unfortunately, the rhyme doesn’t carry over. If you get too cuddly with Taz, he might pass on his contagious facial cancer. Fortunately, work published in Cell last week reveals the sequence of the Tasmanian devil genome and of its cancer to help understand why it may be so transmissible.
“Nobody puts Baby in a corner.” That phrase has followed me my entire life. It is my mother’s favorite movie. It is my wife’s favorite movie. I transferred ownership from one woman to another, and Dirty Dancing followed me.
I can’t complain much, as my wife has to watch Jurassic Park at least annually. Still, I do not look forward to the inevitable night of boredom when she wants to again subject me to the ultimate chick flick.
Nobody argues with baby when she wants to watch Swayze.
Sadly, as you’re all aware, he’s no longer with us, claimed by the horrifying menace that is pancreatic cancer. Luckily, we may have a new tool towards prevention. In a recent issue of the AACR Journal Cancer Discovery, Dr. Alison Klein’s group at Johns Hopkins University reports the discovery of mutations in a gene that may lead to increased risk for developing pancreatic cancer.
Hours of my life were once wasted trying to keep an imaginary avatar happy. Getting them up for work on time, making sure they’re fed, even keeping up awkward social interactions in some made-up language. And all for what? Nothing, mostly.
Recent news would seem to suggest that I’m not the only scientist that every enjoyed spending a little time in the virtual world. Now, scientists are beginning to try to incorporate this love into a sort of simulated experiment. Dr. Daniel Beard and his team at the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee plans to begin crafting computer models of rat physiology to fashion a ‘virtual rat’ that will be used for the study of a range of diseases. Known as the “Virtual Physiological Rat”, this is a project just beginning that will receive funding support from the NIH over the next five years.