Mittwoch, 4. Februar 2015

Two inspiring Stories suggest how to do better Science: Parabiosis and Super Resolution Microscopy


Parabiosis
Nature has a fascinating background story on this type of research (6), but other reviews are recommended as well (7). Parabiosis was invented in the 19th century and became popular around the 1970s before interest waned again. Then some 10 years ago it was rediscovered by the biogerontology community. What I would like to emphasize is that the ebb and flow in research interest isn't uncommon. One has to wonder how many other gems are there to be found in papers from 1900-1960?
An example that I recall is research on medial calcification, which was pioneered by Blumenthal and Lansing. Although, interest in (medial) calcification has steadily risen, few studies have revisited the exact pathology they described and the idea to tackle this pathology is rather new (1).