Wai Lo

United States UConn

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Commented on Field study suggests that sex determination in sea lamprey is directly influenced by larval growth rate
This study demonstrates that sex determination in sea lampreys (Petromyzon marinus) may be influenced by growth rates, with different environments leading to divergent sex ratios; unproductive environments resulted in more males, while productive ones became less male-skewed. This finding suggests a direct link between environmental conditions, growth rates, and sex determination in fishes, offering new insights into vertebrate sex determination mechanisms and potential management strategies for species considered either valuable or invasive.

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Commented on Coffee and cancer risk
Coffee consumption is not associated with an increased risk of cancer overall, with a pooled relative risk of 1.00 for an increment of 1 cup of coffee per day across all cancer types. However, coffee drinking is linked to a reduced risk of liver cancer, with significant protective effects also observed for endometrial cancer, and potentially favorable effects on colorectal, oral/pharyngeal, and advanced prostate cancers, though results for other cancers like bladder and childhood leukemia are inconsistent or indicate no strong association.

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Commented on Unidirectional single-file transport of full-length proteins through a nanopore
Great article! An enzyme-free method for the unidirectional, slow transport of full-length proteins through nanopores is introduced, utilizing a combination of α-hemolysin nanopores and a guanidinium chloride buffer for propulsion by electroosmotic effect, allowing for the identification of proteins with over 90% accuracy based on single-translocation events. This approach, which also includes enhancements in capture rates via charged peptide tails or DNA tags, represents a significant advance in nanopore biosensing technology for protein analysis.

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Commented on Stranger than metals
The aim of this research is to unravel the mysteries of strange metals, potentially leading to a new paradigm in understanding metallicity and superconductivity, with gravity-inspired theories offering promising avenues for future exploration.

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Commented on Tapirira guianensis is Selectively Cytotoxic, Induces Apoptosis to the Glioblastoma and Decreases Tumor Growth and Angiogenesis in vivo
Seems a good talk. This study highlights the promising antitumor potential of Tapirira guianensis against glioblastoma, showing significant selective cytotoxicity, apoptosis induction, and tumor size reduction, underscoring the importance of exploring medicinal plants for novel cancer treatments.

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Commented on Desalination with black paper
Creating a filtration device that combines the unique properties of activated carbon and wood sponges offers a promising approach to developing an affordable, biodegradable system for water purification.

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Commented on WIN55,212-2 induces caspase-independent apoptosis on human glioblastoma cells by regulating HSP70, p53 and Cathepsin D
Seems fascinating! Have you published the results in a journal?

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Commented on Climate and Urbanization Drive Mosquito Preference for Humans
Interesting article. Their studies, involving choices between human scent and animal scent, along with genetic analysis, suggest that the attraction to human blood likely evolved once, influenced by human-made water storage serving as breeding grounds in environments lacking natural standing water.

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Commented on Highly Tunable Thiol‐Ene Photoresins for Volumetric Additive Manufacturing
The authors have developed a method to 3D-print objects with a wide range of material properties by projecting light into resin, overcoming the brittleness typically associated with this technique.

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Commented on An Optical Matter Machine: Angular Momentum Conversion by Collective Modes in Optically Bound Nanoparticle Arrays
The authors have demonstrated how nanoscale particles can be organized into orderly structures, known as optical matter, using polarized laser light, forming an array that acts as a rigid body and rotates. This innovative technique, likened to a planetary gear system, transforms light into energy at the nanoscale, opening new avenues for nanoscale mechanical work.

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Commented on Functional reconstitution of a bacterial CO2 concentrating mechanism in E. coli
The authors have successfully engineered Escherichia coli to grow on atmospheric levels of CO2 by incorporating a set of 20 genes for a CO2-concentrating mechanism from Halothiobacillus neapolitanus. This breakthrough allows the E. coli to subsist on CO2, offering a promising platform for exploring further CO2-concentrating genes and potentially contributing to carbon capture strategies.

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Commented on Bulk Energy Storage Incentive Program
This program is important in fostering a more sustainable, efficient, and resilient energy infrastructure, aligned with broader goals of carbon reduction and environmental protection.

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Commented on Integrated University Program – Scholarship and Fellowship Support
Deadline is October 2030? 6 years from now, we have plenty of time to prepare this : )

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Commented on Neural Basis of Cognitive Control over Movement Inhibition: Human fMRI and Primate Electrophysiology Evidence
The authors conducted a study where participants were instructed to move their eyes upon seeing a circle on a screen and then either continue or stop their eye movement based on a subsequent signal. The study found that participants could successfully stop their eye movement 75% of the time if the stop signal came 100 milliseconds after the circle appeared, but the success rate fell to 50% when the signal was delayed to 200 milliseconds. Brain activity analysis revealed that effective stopping involved coordination between the premotor cortex and two areas of the prefrontal cortex, a discovery with potential implications for understanding addictive behavior.

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Commented on Contemporary Hormonal Contraception and the Risk of Breast Cancer
Interesting article, they found that the risk of breast cancer was 20% higher in current and recent users of hormonal contraception than in those who had never used the drugs. Risk was lower when birth control was used for less than one year, compared with longer use.