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Better living through pee-sniffing, or What can urine tell us? Volume 2.

Previously, I told you about how rodents can avoid predators by detecting specific metabolites in carnivore urine, but today I'd like to tell you about some new research being done on human urine in an effort to diagnose certain diseases.Last week I introduced the topic of metabolites, which are the by-products of the breakdown of things your body consumes, like food, drugs, and vitamins...

August 8, 2011 — Michelle Clement

$50 off new genotyping kit purchases through 23andMe

I got the following email from 23andMe this morning: Dear Michelle,Thanks to you we've made some pretty amazing DNA discoveries - from fun findings on curly hair and detached earlobes you can share at parties, to groundbreaking health-related discoveries about DNA and Parkinson's disease.We'd like to thank you for your participation in research...

August 2, 2011 — Michelle Clement

Chemistry Day at #sciamblogs: Bridging the gap between chemistry and biology. #sciamchem

The Scientific American Blog Network launch last month had some interesting and unintended consequences. Namely, David Kroll observed that despite the advances in diversity in science blogging, there are no pure chemistry bloggers on any of the major science blogging networks, which provoked a round of discussion about who blogs about chemistry, why they do it, and who they're talking to...

August 2, 2011 — Michelle Clement

Links - July 27, 2011

Those of you following me over to Scientific American from Field of Science will know that I occasionally make links posts, which are usually heavy on the physiology but often branch out into other thematic topics as well...

July 27, 2011 — Michelle Clement

What Can Urine Tell Us?

My urine has been tested for many things. For example, when I was offered my current job, my urine was tested for the presence of metabolites of illegal drugs.

July 25, 2011 — Michelle Clement

Visual bias in soccer fouls.

While I wouldn't say that I am a soccer fan , I do find it hard to turn down watching large international sporting events, especially when the USA is doing well in the playoffs.

July 18, 2011 — Michelle Clement

Blood suckers: disease vectors and drug innovators

It may not seem like it during this part of the year (in the northern hemisphere anyway), but most of the time, mosquitoes don't drink blood. Males and females both drink nectar for their own survival, so what they actually need your blood for is the propagation of the species...

July 13, 2011 — Michelle Clement
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