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Plants that fight cancer
This picture shows Catharanthus roseus (Madagascar periwinkle) alongside the structure of vinblastine, an alkaloid natural product.
This pretty plant makes hundreds of alkaloid natural products which are a rich resource for a wide range of applications, including the development of pharmaceuticals, insecticides and biomaterials.
Natural products from this plant have already given us some very important cancer-fighting medicines, for instance vinblastine is one of the compounds used in chemo-therapy.
Read more about BBSRC-funded scientists who are studying this plant and developing new industrial applications for the natural products.
Credit: Mr Andrew Davis

bbsrc:

Plants that fight cancer

This picture shows Catharanthus roseus (Madagascar periwinkle) alongside the structure of vinblastine, an alkaloid natural product.

This pretty plant makes hundreds of alkaloid natural products which are a rich resource for a wide range of applications, including the development of pharmaceuticals, insecticides and biomaterials.

Natural products from this plant have already given us some very important cancer-fighting medicines, for instance vinblastine is one of the compounds used in chemo-therapy.

Read more about BBSRC-funded scientists who are studying this plant and developing new industrial applications for the natural products.

Credit: Mr Andrew Davis

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BGS releases Minecraft geology map 
The British Geological Survey (BGS) has turned to a novel new method for sharing information on the geology of Great Britain: Minecraft.The data, shared as a resource pack, covers mainland Britain and its smaller surrounding islands, and plonks the user down at the BGS Cardiff office as a starting location. The surface of the island is covered in Ordnance Survey mapping data, but it’s when you start digging that you discover what the BGS has brought to the table: real geology, recreated in Minecraft block types. […]"This work is an outstanding opportunity to get people using Minecraft, especially youngsters, to understand the geology beneath their feet and what it can be used for," claimed Professor John Ludden, executive director of the BGS.
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2D model  -  3D model

science-junkie:

BGS releases Minecraft geology map

The British Geological Survey (BGS) has turned to a novel new method for sharing information on the geology of Great Britain: Minecraft.

The data, shared as a resource pack, covers mainland Britain and its smaller surrounding islands, and plonks the user down at the BGS Cardiff office as a starting location. The surface of the island is covered in Ordnance Survey mapping data, but it’s when you start digging that you discover what the BGS has brought to the table: real geology, recreated in Minecraft block types. […]

"This work is an outstanding opportunity to get people using Minecraft, especially youngsters, to understand the geology beneath their feet and what it can be used for," claimed Professor John Ludden, executive director of the BGS.

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2D model  -  3D model

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What Is ALS (a.k.a. Lou Gehrig’s Disease)?

Through the power of social media, the ALS “Ice Bucket Challenge” has brought massive attention to an often times overlooked but devastating disease. Understanding ALS and increasing its awareness can be just as invaluable as donations towards finding a cure.

Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) is sometimes referred to as Lou Gehrig’s Disease. It affects the neurons which control voluntary movements and is the most common of the five motor neuron diseases.

The top image shows a normal neuron and muscle interface alongside an afflicted neuron. Nerve degeneration and restricted production of the neurotransmitter Dopamine causes nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord to lose their connection to muscle fibers throughout the body. When muscles can no longer be stimulated, they become progressively weaker and inactive.

See more images of the Neuromuscular Junction

This debilitating disease is characterized by rapidly progressive weakness, muscle atrophy, twitching, spasticity, difficulty speaking (dysarthria), difficulty swallowing (dysphagia), and difficulty breathing (dyspnea).

ALS does not affect involuntary muscles (such as the heart or smooth muscles), a person’s senses (taste, touch, sight, smell and hearing), or their ability to think.  Since there is no cure, most treatment can only slow down the progression of the disease and provide supportive care for the individual.

Learn more by visiting the ALS Association: www.alsa.org 

Images above © Science Source

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Everyone should know these things.

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i had all these symptoms once and they sent me right to hospital
it was scary bc i didnt know these were the symptoms for female heart issues

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chocolatecakesandthickmilkshakes:

dewgonair:

lockrocksandcoke:

131-di:

veggiebaker:

therunscape:

Heart attacks symptoms are different for women. I recently learned this. 

Everyone should know these things.

thanks to mainstream media and being unable to show breasts on TV, way too few people know about female signs of cardiac distress, and impending heart attacks. they only know about the “pain in the left arm” male symptom.

i had all these symptoms once and they sent me right to hospital

it was scary bc i didnt know these were the symptoms for female heart issues

Please, please, PLEASE, reblog this. i don’t know if I did save or called false alarm, with my boss’ life tonight. I felt I was being a bit paranoid, overreacting, but I told Mirage my thoughts and he, after reading over the article I showed him, immediately sprung into action and then shooed her off to the hospital. I don’t know if I did or not, but I knew she’d been super stressed. She’d off-handedly commented on her arm tingling and I asked her if she felt queasy on a hunch. I went to look at the symptoms and we went from there.

Important