Friday, December 31, 2010

Books I read, 2010

I was able to put a decent dent in the ever-growing "to read" pile over the last year.  ALL of these are worth reading at least once, many of them would bear a second reading (esp. Borges, Murakami, Gibson, Beukes, Bolano, Tatsumi).  Zero History was read mostly on my phone, as were parts of The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle.  

MAKERS                             Cory Doctorow

The Savage Detectives         Roberto Bolano
Zoo City                               Lauren Beukes
Zero History                         William Gibson
The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle   Haruki Murakami
Marshall McLuhan                 Douglas Coupland
Labyrinths (first half)             Jorge L. Borges  
Black Blizzard                      Yoshihiro Tatsumi
A Drifting Life                       Yoshihiro Tatsumi
The Paradox of Choice          Barry Schwartz

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Early life stress enhances vulnerability to stress via activation of REST4-mediated gene transcription

Rat pups separated from their mothers:

1) Have increased depressive-like and anhedonic behaviours
2) Show an increased expression of the neuron-specific transcriptional repressor REST4 in the medial prefrontal cortex
3) Gene transfer induced REST4 overexpression in the medial prefrontal cortex increased vulnerability to stress

J Neurosci
Yamaguchi University