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Comment: Re:To state the obvious (Score 1) 323 323

by Boghog (#41179423) Attached to: Scientists Find Gene That Predicts Happiness In Women

Maybe the medicaldaily reporter has Klienfelter's Syndrome (XXY).

Don't get so technical.....

This is pretty basic and extremely relevant to the discussion to understanding possible difference in behavior between the two sexes. Besides, this is slashdot. Aren't nerds supposed to be technical?

Comment: To state the obvious (Score 1) 323 323

by Boghog (#41171545) Attached to: Scientists Find Gene That Predicts Happiness In Women
The MAO-A gene resides on the X chromosome. Therefore men can carry at most one copy of the gene. It is shocking that neither of the linked articles state this.
In fact, the second linked article is flat out wrong:
Interestingly, the gene did not hold the same correlation for men, who reported the same amount of happiness no matter if they had zero, one or two copies.

Comment: Mechanism of action (Score 1) 35 35

by Boghog (#39602093) Attached to: Using Nanoparticles To Improve Chemotherapy
From the article: The nanoparticles are made from cyclodextrins coated with PEG that contain as cargo the anticancer compound camptothecin. The selectivity is apparently not due to the selective uptake of nanoparticles by cancer cells but rather that the interior of cancer cells are more acidic than normal cells. After cells takes up nanoparticles, the nanoparticle breakdown releasing the camptothecin. Because of the lower pH, the break down occurs faster in cancer compared to normal cells.

Comment: Re:How many flase positives? (Score 1) 102 102

by Boghog (#36865238) Attached to: New Blood Test Can Detect Alzheimers
Currently it is extremely difficult to conduct clinical trials for Alzheimer's Disease (AD) treatments since it takes a long time to determine efficacy. An effective AD biomarker such as this blood test could provide much quicker feedback to tell whether and experimental drug is working or not. See for example: The Role of Biomarkers in Clinical Trials for Alzheimer Disease

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