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EUSci now has a fairly extensive archive of fascinating articles- use this page to show you a random selection.

The ECAT Electronic Lab Notebook

The problem: too much diverse data, generated by too many people

Scientists in disciplines like biology, chemistry, medicine and materials have a problem: they generate lots of data, in varying formats, but lack simple, affordable tools to manage it. Professor Mike Shipston, head of the Centre for Integrative Physiology at the University of Edinburgh, describes the problem, "We generate a wide variety of types of data sets that include 3D images, behavioural assays in animals, gene cloning through to electrophysiological analysis...We have a large number of people coming in and out of the lab; the challenge is keeping track of that data and integrating it with data from existing projects." Read more »

New compound blocks parasite which affects millions

 

A breakthrough by Edinburgh scientists may spell the end for a disease-causing tropical parasite which infects millions of people every year. Read more »

Study points to human-neanderthal interbreeding

The presence of neanderthal DNA in modern humans can best be explained by interbreeding between the two species in Europe and Asia, according to a new genetic study. Read more »

The Great Gender Divide

MEN are from Mars, Women are from Venus.  Maybe not, but it is true that communicating with the opposite sex has long been a problem in human relationships.  And new research suggests that men have more trouble detecting emotion in women than in other men.   Read more »

Autism spectrum disorders

Autism is a life-long neurodevelopmental disorder present from early childhood. It a!ects both social and language development, which can also be paired with sensory-processing problems, high levels of anxiety and a need for repetitive behaviours. The prevalence of autism is 1% within the population and it a!ects four times as many males as females.

In this issue the EUSci focus team examines the history of autism research, talks to acclaimed autism researcher Prof. Simon Baron-Cohen, uncovers the genetics behind autism and sheds some light on current therapies.