January 9, 2018 - It was fun while it lasted. A burden
sometimes, we admit, but in many cases an enjoyable and worthwhile
experience if only for the looks of thrill and delight on the faces
of a few of the teenagers.
January 8, 2019 - In the Feb 22 issue of Nature Communications,
the crystal structure of group VIA calcium-independent phospholipase
was at long last revealed. Although some of the statements made in
the paper are extremely debatable, this work clearly constitutes a
breakthrough in the field, and will likely help develop new concepts
on enzyme catalysis and inhibitor design. This is the article we
have distinguished as Paper of the Year 2018.
January 4, 2019 - "Rich countries are rich because they dedicate
money to scientific and technological development, and poor
countries remain poor because they do not. Science is not expensive,
what is expensive is ignorance" (Bernardo Houssay, Argentine
physiologist, Nobel Laureate in Medicine 1947). Winter 2019 group meeting schedule
December 28, 2018 - As the year comes to a close, we remember
that we predicted just one year ago that 2018 would commence in a
pretty hectic way. Yes, that was so, and it continued and ended in
the same manner. Let us hope we do not return to old and conflicting
December 19, 2018 - The latest evaluation of our research output
and that of the neighborhood we stay in has produced the expected results. Of
course, the response generated was also the expected: zero, nada.
December 5, 2018 - Directorial Quotation #52 (hopefully the last
one): "As the blessings of health and fortune have a beginning, so
they must also find an end." (Sallust, Roman historian).
December 4, 2018 - Following
Dio's advice, we have made the decision to lock up the wolves
for the next four years. Yes, don't we let' em go away.
December 3, 2018 - Directorial Quotation #51: "In governing I learned to move from the ethics of principles
to the ethics of responsibilities" (Felipe González, Former Prime
Minister of Spain).
December 1, 2018 - The least suitable person to lead the pack
says he has a dream; the rest of us say we may be entering a
November 27, 2018 - Directorial Quotation #50: "If those who
speak badly of me knew exactly what I think of them, they would
speak worse" (Sacha Guitry, French playwright).
November 23, 2018 - The little birds of Nov. 2 were not accurate and our
initial expectations have not been fulfilled. Sad thing is, it is
extremely unlikely that someone will be caught with his/her hand in the
November 21, 2018 - 'Cause they need somebody to tell them that
advanced lab techniques are gonna last forever, so tell me have they ever really
really really ever enjoyed an opening act?
November 20, 2018 - Directorial Quotation #49: "It doesn't matter whether the water is cold
or warm if you have to wade through it anyway” (Pierre Teilhard de
Chardin, French philosopher).
November 13, 2018 - It is with great sadness that we learned of
the death of Julián Gómez Cambronero, friend in lipid research for
so many years, and one of the last phospholipase D heroes. The
famous 'clam chowder incident' with him up there in Connecticut that
caused us to miss our flight back to Cali and spend a whole night
long at Logan airport still brings us fond memories.
November 9, 2018 - We have become aware that
Cyberlipid Center, a veteran and most useful lipid website,
lists our site under the section "Sites directly involved in fats
and lipids". Glad to be in such illustrious company.
November 8, 2018 - The paper by Pflimlin et al. referred to in
the August 2 entry below that calls into question the anti-diabetic
and anti-inflammatory effects of FAHFAs, is generating interesting
here. Not that this was unexpected, but time for soda and
November 2, 2018 - Cold winds blowing in
Norway, and little birds telling us
that the local scientific thing keeps going smooth. More
on this when circumstances permit.
October 24, 2018 - Directorial Quotation #48: "Only a few men
seek freedom, the majority seek nothing more than fair masters."
(Sallust, Roman historian).
October 23, 2018 - Our latest collaborative
effort with CIBERDEM colleagues concerns with lipid changes underlying brown adipose tissue
adaptation to cold under low adrenergic signaling conditions.
October 18, 2018 - Guess what is the Regional "Consolidated
Research Unit" (JCyL-UIC) that ranks #1 in terms of scientific
excellence? Yes, you guessed right.
October 8, 2018 - They make your day when they say you are so
enterprising and influential. Others can't say the same, ha ha.