Our first publication of 2015! Nicotine, Curare, and Planarians, oh my…



I am very proud to announce the e-publication of our first paper of 2015! It was published in the journal Neurochemical Research.

Here’s the release:

Neurochem Res. 2015 Jan 23. [Epub ahead of print]

Evidence of Nicotine-Induced, Curare-Insensitive, Behavior in Planarians.

Pagán OR, Montgomery E, Deats S, Bach D, Baker D.

Department of Biology, West Chester University, West Chester, PA, 19383, USA, opagan@wcupa.edu.

Planarians are rapidly developing into very useful research subjects in pharmacology and neuroscience research. Here we report that curare, a cholinergic nicotinic receptor antagonist, alleviates the nicotine-induced planarian seizure-like movements (pSLM) by up to 50 % at equimolar concentrations of nicotine and curare (1 mM), while curare alone does not induce significant pSLMs. The simplest interpretation of our data is that there are nicotine induced behaviors insensitive to curare in our experimental organism. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first report on…

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10 Women Christian men should not marry

And this is the response to this offensive article that is presently in moderation   (edited to note, my comment is now out of moderation and published)..”.It occurs to me the Muslims in Yemen marry eight year old girls for the same reasoning that was the basis for your argument against marrying older women. But, although you admit there is no Biblical case against a man marrying an older woman, you can ignore me since I am a loud-mouth Christian feminist that was a shameless cougar marrying a younger man 35 years ago. Further, I am a career-minded woman that likes to travel that sees nothing in the Bible that justifies the narrow-mindedness that fueled such an offensive article.”


Honestly, if this was Yoda giving a teaching against polygamy, it would have been less painful to read.

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