Alzheimer’s in a Petri dish


This is fiction but very good fiction from a very talented author

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Neuroscientist and debut novelist Genova mines years of experience in her field to craft a realistic portrait of early onset Alzheimer’s disease. Alice Howland has a career not unlike Genova’s—she’s an esteemed psychology professor at Harvard, living a comfortable life in Cambridge with her husband, John, arguing about the usual (making quality time together, their daughter’s move to L.A.) when the first symptoms of Alzheimer’s begin to emerge. First, Alice can’t find her Blackberry, then she becomes hopelessly disoriented in her own town. Alice is shocked to be diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s (she had suspected a brain tumor or menopause), after which her life begins steadily to unravel. She loses track of rooms in her home, resigns from Harvard and eventually cannot recognize her own children.


But this is fact!

Breakthrough Replicates Human Brain Cells for Use in Alzheimer’s Research


For the first time, and to the astonishment of many of their colleagues, researchers created what they call Alzheimer’s in a Dish — a petri dish with human brain cells that develop the telltale structures of Alzheimer’s disease. In doing so, they resolved a longstanding problem of how to study Alzheimer’s and search for drugs to treat it; the best they had until now were mice that developed an imperfect form of the disease.

The key to their success, said the lead researcher, Rudolph E. Tanzi ofMassachusetts General Hospital in Boston, was a suggestion by his colleague Doo Yeon Kim to grow human brain cells in a gel, where they formed networks as in an actual brain. They gave the neurons genes for Alzheimer’s disease. Within weeks they saw the hard Brillo-like clumps known as plaques and then the twisted spaghetti-like coils known as tangles — the defining features of Alzheimer’s disease.

The work, which also offers strong support for an old idea about how the disease progresses, was published in Nature on Sunday. Leading researchers said it should have a big effect.

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Who speaks English?



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This is quite interesting.

See: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flemish_people

The low 52% for Belgium hides this fact because the frequently fluently multi-lingual Flemings always get statistically lumped together with the usually ‘foreign-language-challenged’ French-speaking Walloons and French-speaking inhabitants of Brussels, who, like the neighbouring French with their 39%, statistically drag the number down for the whole of Belgium.

Also worthy of note here is that there are not a few among the Dutch, the Flemings, the Swedish and the Finns who speak and write English significantly *better* than many native English speakers in England and the UK… not to mention other native Anglos like Americans, Australians, New Zealanders etc.

Dutch people apparently are the best non-native English speakers in all of Europe! (Take that Sweden!)

We hope, however, that a certain amount of DUNGLISH will never go out of style! What are your favourite examples? (e.g. “the water is undeep”)

Philippe van Nedervelde






People who take non scientific stuff as gospel make me



my FOOT!


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Interesting stuff (sometimes) on My heritage blog.

One on looking at your feet to discover your heritage?  Oh? really? I think I am an Egyptian.

Well constant wearing high heels in my young days changed my feet a bit!

They claim:-

Some say that the eyes are a mirror into soul, but many experts will argue that it’s the feet that can tell you much about a person.

While family trees and historical records are the more common tools leading to family history discoveries, our own bodies can teach us about our family heritage.

Reflexologists often claim that they are able to interpret a lot about a person’s personality just from their feet. In Imre Somogyi’s book, “The Language of the Feet,” he writes how ancestry can be determined just by the shape of our feet.


Other people have turned to interpreting their heritage through zodiac signs, and even palm reading, to provide clues about their past and future.


My dog is also in a Picture


Little Charlie Fox.

Aka High Maintenance

Little Charlie fox


Bring your dog into the picture!


Dog owner Rafael Mantesso creates awesome illustrations featuring his Bull Terrier.
Hilarity ensues.


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What does FUK stand for?


If Scotland gains its independence in the forthcoming referendum, the remainder of the United Kingdom will be known as the “Former United Kingdom” …….or F.U.K.

So in a bid to discourage the Scots from voting ‘yes’ in the referendum, the Government has now begun to campaign with the slogan “Vote NO, for F.U.K’s sake”.


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