Tagged: Urine

Why coral reefs wouldn’t be the same without big fish (and their pee) - Up and Atom

Kimberley Collins Aug 18, 2016

Scientists have known for decades that fish urine is important for coral reefs. Now, a new study has found urine excreted by large fish is critical to the survival and growth of these fragile ecosystems.  Like most living things, coral reefs need nutrients to grow. In coral reefs, fish provide these, holding the nutrients in their tissue and excreting them through their urine … Read More

Cheesecake files: A stadium full - Kidney Punch

John Pickering Aug 06, 2014

As we’ve been enjoying the World Cup and the Commonwealth Games my latest cheesecake appeared in print online. The topic once more is Kidney Attack biomarkers – those pesky little proteins in the urine that appear when your kidney is injured.  This time I have been getting stuck into some math (sorry) to try and … Continue reading → … Read More

A day to celebrate - Kidney Punch

John Pickering Mar 13, 2014

If it weren’t for your kidneys where would you be? You’d be in the hospital or infirmary, If you didn’t have two functioning kidneys. (with apologies to John Clarke aka Fred Dagg) Happy World Kidney Day everyone. This blog started off life as $100 Dialysis because I believe that if we can make a computer … Continue reading → … Read More

Monday Micro – mind manipulating microbes revisited - Infectious Thoughts

Siouxsie Wiles Sep 23, 2013

One of my favourite microbes is Toxoplasma gondii, the little protozoa famous for making mice less afraid of cats. T. gondii also causes toxoplasmosis which can be serious, especially for those with a compromised immune system. It’s the reason women are excused from cleaning cat litter trays during pregnancy as infection can result … Read More

Too little pee - Kidney Punch

John Pickering Jun 26, 2013

This week’s post is really about the coloured stuff & why too little of it is dangerous.  Note, I say coloured stuff because it aint just yellow – check out this herald article if you don’t believe me (or just admire this beautiful photo). Story time A long time ago, when Greeks wore togas, and … Continue reading » … Read More

Cooking up a new kidney - Kidney Punch

John Pickering Apr 15, 2013

The Boston Kidney Recipe Take an unwanted kidney. Disconnect from plumbing. Wash away cells (use plenty of detergent). Take resultant scaffold and reseed with a few cells obtained from someone needing the kidney. Place in bioreactor and “cook” for 3 to 5d (or until done) Place regenerated kidneys into the transplant recipient and connect to … Continue reading » … Read More