biology

Pesticides might be worse for bees than we thought

Posted in Science on 6th Aug, 2021
by Alex Muller

“Wild bees are really important, and those are the bees that are doing really badly,”

Deepmind’s Alphafold, Deep Learning AI, is Poised to Solve One of Most Significant Challenges in Biology

Posted in Medicine, Reviews, Science on 27th Jul, 2021
by Alex Muller

Thanks to AI, we now have stunningly powerful tools to decode the structures of life. Recently, both DeepMind and the University of Washington described deep learning-based methods to solve protein folding, the last step of compiling the programming in our DNA, as a “once in a generation advance.”

Understanding new resting phase of stem cells could help put glioma tumors to sleep

Posted in Medicine on 2nd Jul, 2021
by Alex Muller

"That was an interesting finding from our results, that quiescence itself could be a different biological process," Plaisier says. "It's also a potential point where we could look for new drug treatments. If we could push more cells into that quiescent state, the tumors would become less aggressive."

Rebel Cell: Book Review

Posted in Medicine, Reviews, Science on 27th Jun, 2021
by Alex Muller

Geneticist and award-winning science writer Kat Arney takes the reader back to the dawn of life on planet Earth right up to the present day to get to the heart of what cancer really is and how by better understanding it we might one day overcome it. There is PTN's review of the book.

Life on Mars could be Hidden Underground

Posted in Science on 4th May, 2021
by Alex Muller

With technologies like transient electromagnetic sounding, Tarnas says, researchers can get an idea of where and how much water is hiding beneath the surface.