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Why is it good to have children between 20s and 40s?

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Oogenesis is the formation of the ovum (female sex cells), which begin as hundreds of thousands of oogonia (stem cells) in the fetal ovaries. During prenatal development, the oogonia grow to become primary oocytes that contain 46 chromosomes. Each oocyte undergoes meiosis; at birth, oocytes are in prophase. During this first meiotic division, oocytes enter a resting phase that lasts until the oocyte resumes development during the ovarian cycle (puberty). The female is born with all the oocytes she will ever have.

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October 15, 2012 at 1:46 am

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Housekeeping the blog of blueroselady

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Lunar New Year is coming!

Besides cleaning our room, I also clean my blog (at least once in a while). Hope it is more useful and personal to you, my dear friends. Thank you so much for supporting me.

September 2, 2008: I like Yade chocolate very much, very tasty =p Bought it when visiting Norway.
November 22, 2008: Do what you love. Love what you do.
November 18, 2008: “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; those who seek find; and to those who knock, the door will be opened.” Darling shared that with me at the beginning of my turbulent PhD study.

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January 22, 2012 at 3:32 pm

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Post-Doc

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Last edited in August 2009

How to be a post-doc who contributes to our chosen scientific field?

How to make best use of my post-doc? learn new techniques, keep on publishing.

Why am I on earth asking these questions, when I have even not graduated?

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From: http://www.the-scientist.com/article/display/52870/
The Scientist (2007)

Salaries can be slightly higher than average for industry postdocs; while academic salaries average $40,000 for US postdocs, according to the NSF, Genentech postdocs start at $49,000 and Schering-Plough postdocs start at $45,000.

There are industry postdoc detractors. Bill Lindstaedt, director of the career and professional development office at University of California, San Francisco, says that some industry postdoc positions can trap PhDs in “cheap scientist positions.” The work is grueling, without much opportunity to publish, and the focus is less on the scientist-in-training and more on the company’s pipeline.

While industry postdocs are often considered “a one-way street,” says Lindstaedt, because few return to academia, others, such as Novartis’ Presidential Postdoctoral Fellowship, launched in 2004, are designed to keep connections to academia strong. The fellows are required to find a second mentor in academia. Rajesh Ranganathan, director of the educational office at Novartis, says that asking postdocs to pursue projects of their choosing enriches the company’s scientific research, while the connection with university faculty opens the door for fellows to return to academia as leaders.

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http://www.phds.org/postdoc/postdoctoral-fellowships/
Radcliffe Institute Fellowship (inter-disciplinary)

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November 28, 2011 at 2:05 pm

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Tadeus Reichstein

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A year ago, I saw a placcard written in German. I google translated it for those who know only English (including me).

In Diesem Haus Arbeitete Von 1938 bis 1950
Tadeus Reichstein (1897-1996)

Als ordinarius fur pharmazeutische
chemie, inhaber des lehrstuhles fur
pharmazie und als vorsteher des
pharmazeutischen institutes.
1950 Erhielt professor reichstein fur die
erforschung der nebennierenrinden-
hormone den nobelpreis fur medizin

In this house worked from 1938 to 1950
Tadeus Reichstein (1897-1996)

As for pharmaceutical ordinarius
Chemistry, Chair for
pharmacy and as head of the
pharmaceutical institutes.
1950 Recipient of rich stone for the professor
exploration of the adrenal
hormone the Nobel for medicine

Reichstein means Rich Stone.
Well, the house is in Basel, Switzerland.

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May 12, 2011 at 8:24 am

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My favorite Quotations

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@~@ General
生命的偉大在於他的微小; 生命的力量在於他的脆弱; 生命的永恆在於他的短暫. J.L. facebook.

@~@ Scientifc pursuits
磨刀不误砍柴工。It means it is not a waste of time to sharpen your knife before chopping the wood. There is also another quite similar saying: 工欲善其事,必先利其器, meaning “a worker needs to improve his tools before getting hands on his job”. (Thanks to Y.L. for sharing).
International exposure is v. impt in education, to helps us to break away from the impression that there is only 1 way of doing things. We also become more receptive to new ideas & perspectives.

@~@ Artistic pursuits
Dreams are like the paints of a great artist. Your dreams are your paints, the world is your canvas. Believing, is the brush that converts your dreams into a masterpiece of reality. Unknown.

@~@ Miscellaneous (sorry, I was too lazy to cluster them)
Can you live with your lover? Well, we can live with many people.
Can you live without your lover? Then, he is indeed your soul mate.

“Positive people have higher self esteem. This makes them display positive behaviour which makes others like them more.”

There is something nice about everyone, its just that we might not have seen it yet.

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February 27, 2011 at 2:22 am

Sharings by Christian scientists

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In the room was a cub reporter for the student newspaer who reported Don Munro’s statements but recorded them erroneously or out of-context.

Almost every scientist wishes to SUCCEED and make an important contribution to his or her field.

As someone with many titles (professor, advisor, mentor, wife, mother) but only 24 hours a day, Ruth Douglas Miller (Kansas State U) realizes that she cannot be number one in each of her roles.

Dun Munro found that students and courses needed his time, and that the time constraints at a small college do not generally allow one to do world class research. Munro finally decided to make his contribution in smaller things, e.g. studying the ethics of genetic engineering, participating in summer research project, and in sharing his life and time with students.

For each individual, God has given different sets of priorities, gifts, and talents.

Questions of “why am I doing this narrowly focused research?” and “what is supposed to be my contribution to the field given my relative lack of knowledge?” are just a few of the struggles new scientists face.

For those experiencing the temporary nature of appointment, it is recommended not to focus on the temporary nature of the situation, but instead to enjoy what is good about it while one is there.

Harlan Kredit: no matter what the weather, “Isn’t it a great day to be alive?!”

The purpose of a graduate education in the sciences is to learn how to learn.

When you’re an undergraduate, you don’t know enough to know you don’t know anything. It’s only once you’ve become a graduate student that you learn enough to know that you don’t know anything.
I laughed reading this!

The desire for certainty pushes one to be more conscientious in his work. Yet, sometimes it makes one quite inflexible.

God has been helping Johnny Lin to break his addiction to certain by drawing him instead to rest deeper in fiath.
To marry trust, one must be a widow of certainty.

May our intellectual labors bear spiritual fruits.

References:
(1) Knowledge and loving God: reflections on faith and my graduate experience.
(2) Challenges and opportunities for Christians in science at the beginning of their careers.

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January 22, 2011 at 4:56 am

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Herb Boyer and Genentech

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I am inspired by Herb Boyer.

Time magazine writes: By developing recombinant DNA technology, he raised millions for research—and alienated the Nobel committee.

Genentech was founded by a banker and a biologist (Herb Boyer).

Starting as a lowly $10,500-a-year researcher at the University of California, San Francisco, in the late 1960s, he became molecular biology’s first multimillionaire little more than a decade later. His rags-to-riches story jump started a stunning new technology called recombinant DNA, which allowed scientists to take selected genes from one species and splice them into the DNA of another, thereby permanently changing them and their progeny.

If you could only choose one, money or recognition (awards), which one would you choose?
By having money, Herb and his wife Grace could make a US$10 million donation to Yale.
Well, BBC UK writes that Herb suffered much from the jealousies of other academics.

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September 30, 2010 at 3:43 pm

We are what we think

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Thoughts, goals and ideas work the same way, and we can increase our brain’s considerable input on them if we learn to ask our brain nicely and deliberately to get involved.

Good things need to be noticed. We generally have to be more deliberate about the positive. Our brain will help us find innovative ways to do it. Just prime it, and it will be there for us.

How to make OUR THOUGHTS work for us?
1. Keep a sleep journal. Every night before we go to bed, write a few pressing questions in a notebook. It worked for Edison; it can work for us too!
2. Play and Travel. Innovative and creative Google is famous for its play areas. Play allows us to see new things.
3. Incubate. When you have a big question–like “How am I going to be successful?”–the worst thing you can do is to try to solve it immediately. Research shows that the “aha moment” comes after we have worked a problem from every angle without coming up with an answer.
4. Open our brain up to ideas everywhere, not just in our industry or service area.

Tell our brain about the life I am looking for. Let our subconscious do its magic. Put good things in our head, be open to success showing up in unlikely places. And then get out of the way. Aha! We knew that already.

Thanks to Scott Halford from Entrepreneur.com

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September 1, 2010 at 5:03 am

US$100 million Round 6 of Grand Challenges Exploration (Bill Melinda Gates Foundation)

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The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is now accepting grant proposals for Round 6 of Grand Challenges Exploration, a US$100 million initiative to encourage unconventional global health solutions. Anyone can apply, regardless of education or experience level.

Grant proposal are being accepted online http://www.grandchallenges.org/explorations/1idea2pages until November 2, 2010, on the following topics:
Design New Approaches to Cure HIV Infection
Create the Next Generation of Sanitation Technologies
Create New Technologies to Improve the Health of Mothers and Newborns
Create Low-Cost Cell Phone-Based Applications for Priority Global Health Diseases

Initial grants will be $100,000 each, and projects showing promise will have the opportunity to receive additional funding of $1million or more. Full descriptions of the new topics and application instructions are available at http://www.grandchallenges.org/explorations/1idea2pages.

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August 30, 2010 at 11:55 am

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Superbug killer product from bacteriophages

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superbug MRSA = Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus Aureaus.
bacteriophage = virus.
StaphTAME = P128 protein = a key protein from bacteriophage.
When the phage, the virus that kills bacteria, first interact with a bacterial cell, they damage the cell wall in order to insert their genetic material.
Company: GangaGen
Personnels: Janakiraman Ramachandran
Reference: http://www.biospectrumasia.com/content/170810ind13508.asp

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August 29, 2010 at 12:00 pm