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Over and Over and Over Again

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It’s that time of year.  The granting of the MacArthur awards and the Nobel Prizes.  Which included 3 guys who were awarded the Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine for advancing the state of the art when it comes to circadian rhythms.  And, the awardees didn’t devote their work solely to humans, but animals and plants, as well.  (Amazingly, circadian rhythms affect disease susceptibility, growth rates- even the size of fruits that are grown.)

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Do you see the light?

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Sometimes, even your hoped for results astound you. Like, Dr. Hannah Iaccarino (MIT) found when she zapped a mouse with induced (but initial stages of) Alzheimer’s disease. The light caused brain wave induction (roughly 40 oscillations per second [Hz]). And, then she found that the toxic protein levels of amyloids halved.

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Innovation Practicalities

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One of the things I learned at MIT was how universities can increase their ability to provide scholarships and maintain their educational excellence.  It wasn’t from the conventional academic process.  No, these funds didn’t come from government grants for research.  Because even back then, there wasn’t much (or any) excess in the funding that was provided by NIH, DOD, NSF, and the variety of alphabet agencies that support our educational research programs.

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Kidney Transplant Hopes?

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There are some 10000 folks dying- while on the list to receive a kidney transplant- every year.  But, there are still no stem cell produced kidneys.  Which is why some Wake Forest researchers are seeking ways to skirt the political bugaboos regarding stem cells – and still trying to increase the availability of kidneys for those in need.

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