February 22, 2019 - From the Journal of Lipid
Editorial Policy: "Acquisition of funding, collection of data,
or general supervision of the research group alone does not
constitute authorship." Fine, but as the old proverb goes, love
means deeds, not sweet reasons.
February 15, 2019 - Some folks like to lie to themselves and say
that we were born silver spoon in hand, but it ain't us, we ain't no
fortunate sons. We just did a few things the right way, and thus
have fine good people doing things the right way,
mass spec for example. No matter what
they say, it ain't us, we ain't no millionaire's sons, we ain't no
February 4, 2019 - Caproic (6:0), caprylic (8:0) and capric
(10:0) are medium chain fatty acids found at relatively high
quantities in goat milk (capra means goat in Latin). Although their
smell is rather unpleasant, their esters are commonly used in
perfumery and for artificial flavoring, which is quite ironic.
Caprylic acid in particular may also have some anti-inflammatory
effects but this needs further thorough investigation. For quick
reference, here is our old nice fatty
29, 2019 - The clot scandal that has recently spread across the
national newspapers teaches us once again that the thing that
matters the least in the world of science is precisely science.
January 22, 2019 - At the definitive end of the road, it is good
to keep in mind that staying away in silence is not at all an act of
cowardice. Many times it is rather the most courageous thing one can
do to protect the inner light within.
January 21, 2019 - The official 2019 Group Picture of the
Eicosanoid Research Division can be found
here. No one missed it this
January 9, 2019 - 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 Physiology or 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 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.