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Sale of Incredible Private Collection of Taxidermy and Oddities, July 16-18 (Today through Sunday), San Francisco, CA

Posted: July 16, 2010 at 8:53 pm

This just in! Tia, proprietor of the wonderful Case of Curiosities website, is selling off a variety of curiosities from her incredible personal collection (as seen above) today, tomorrow and Sunday in San Fransisco, California. I have seen this woman’s collection and, I promise you, it will have your mind reeling in wonder and delight. If I lived in California, I would be there in a flash!

Full details follow:

?July 16,17,18 (Fri-Sun) 10am-3pm??
3 Phoenix Terrace, San Francisco CA 94133?
Off of Pacific, between Jones & Taylor, last house on right, light blue.

PLEASE, No early birds, loitering or loud conversation, this is a private street.
Victorian & Edwardian taxidermy (some pets),Outsider taxidermy, osteological and pickled specimens, antique insects, glass display domes, various objects of natural curiosity, antique and vintage medical tools, supplies, prosthetics, images, charts and models.

Artifacts & Ephemera.

Mission/Arts & Crafts/Craftsman furniture, pottery, copper. Early Victorian & Eastlake arm chairs, antique picture frames. Vintage and antique oil paintings & lighting.

Handmade vintage amusement park cabinet, painted wood, shaped like a CLOWN, c.1940’s? Vintage Paint by Number paintings.

Cash or Paypal.
Sorry, no email photos or shipping.

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You can find out more by visiting A Case of Curiosities by clicking here. Thanks, Ronni, for the photos and the reportage!

Recommendation and review posted by Guinevere Smith

DNA Drugs Come of Age (preview)

Posted: July 16, 2010 at 8:20 am

In a head-to-head competition held 10 years ago, scientists at the National Institutes of Health tested two promising new types of vaccine to see which might offer the strongest protection against one of the deadliest viruses on earth, the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) that causes AIDS. One vaccine consisted of DNA rings called plasmids, each carrying a gene for one of five HIV proteins. Its goal was to get the recipient’s own cells to make the viral proteins in the hope they would provoke protective reactions by immune cells. Instead of plasmids, the second vaccine used another virus called an adenovirus as a carrier for a single HIV gene encoding a viral protein. The rationale for this combination was to employ a “safe” virus to catch the attention of immune cells while getting them to direct their responses against the HIV protein.

One of us (Weiner) had already been working on DNA vaccines for eight years and was hoping for a major demonstration of the plasmids’ ability to induce immunity against a dreaded pathogen. Instead the test results dealt a major blow to believers in this first generation of DNA vaccines. The DNA recipients displayed only weak immune responses to the five HIV proteins or no response at all, whereas recipients of the adenovirus-based vaccine had robust reactions. To academic and pharmaceutical company researchers, adenoviruses clearly looked like the stronger candidates to take forward in developing HIV vaccines.


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Innovative Researcher Vlog

Posted: July 16, 2010 at 8:20 am

SU2C Innovative Researcher Vlog: Dr. Lawlor (Pt. 3). Video (3:09 min) posted July 13, 2010. Features Elizabeth R Lawlor, University of Michigan, an SU2C Innovative Research Grants Investigator. [About SU2C (Stand Up to Cancer)]. She provides brief comments about her project: “Modeling Ewing Tumor Initiation in Human Neural Crest Stem Cells“. How do normal stem cells become cancer stem cells?

An example of a recent (OA) publication from her laboratory: CD133 expression in chemo-resistant Ewing sarcoma cells by
Xiaohua Jiang and 8 co-authors, including Elizabeth R Lawlor,
BMC Cancer 2010(Mar 26); 10: 116. [FriendFeed entry][PubMed citation][Full text via PMC].

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Preventing diabetes, biological passport for athletes and more from the Lancet

Posted: July 16, 2010 at 8:19 am

Low-dose combination therapy with rosiglitazone and metformin was highly effective in prevention of type 2 diabetes in patients with impaired glucose tolerance, with little effect on the clinically relevant adverse events of these two drugs.

Preventing type 2 diabetes with low-dose combinations: Lifestyle interventions aimed at reducing bodyweight, and use of metformin, thiazolidinediones, acarbose, and orlistat, reduce the risk of diabetes by 25—60% over 3—6 years

The biological passport and doping in athletics: A biological passport monitors an athlete’s blood and body chemistry values over time to assess whether there has been a deviation from an established baseline, thus indirectly detecting illegal manipulation.

A long look at obesity: Even with their primitive understanding of nutrition, our neolithic forebears somehow made the “right choices”, thriving on a wholesome diet of nuts, seeds, and fruits with the occasional piece of meat. And what is more, their rare intake of animal protein could only have been obtained through vigorous exercise, which they would, of course, indulge in every day.

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Acupuncture can spread serious diseases: bacterial infections, hepatitis B and C, even HIV

Posted: July 16, 2010 at 8:19 am

To prevent infections transmitted by acupuncture, infection control measures should be implemented, such as use of disposable needles, skin disinfection procedures and aseptic techniques.

Acupuncture may be risky as needles are inserted up to several centimeters beneath the skin. In the 1970s and 1980s most infections associated with acupuncture were sporadic cases involving pyogenic bacteria.

There is a new syndrome – acupuncture mycobacteriosis – infection caused by mycobacteria that rapidly grow around the acupuncture insertion point as a result of contaminated cotton wool swabs, towels and hot-pack covers. There is a long incubation period and the infection usually leads to large abscesses and ulcers.


Image source: Needles being inserted into a patient’s skin, Wikipedia, public domain.

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More Daily Doses of Anatomy

Posted: July 16, 2010 at 8:19 am

Street Anatomy on Facebook

We’ve finally started a Facebook fanpage so we can see and chat with our dedicated audience!  Post comments, throw out questions, see exclusive content, and share photos of anatomical work all in one place.  It’s a great way to see the latest updates on Street Anatomy for those of us who compulsively check FB.  Become a fan here!

Street Anatomy on Twitter

We’ve been on Twitter for a while now, but we’ve finally started updating it more frequently for our fans.  Follow us here!

So there you have it, TWO more ways to get your daily fill of anatomy in pop culture!

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