June 3, 2023 - Back from visiting the Murcian Institute for
Biohealth Research (IMIB) and the University of Murcia, while
re-charging our inflammasomic and
lipidomic batteries for the exciting
times lying ahead.
May 30, 2023 - Honestly speaking, the change that predictably
will come today should be of little consequence to us. However, as
it is not easy to predict how the other side will react to the
unfavorable outcome, we cannot be sure of what to expect in the end.
May 20, 2023 - We have been told about the abundance of recent
reviews on the subject of ferroptosis. None like
ours, of course! Still, this is
a topic that has shaken the world of phospholipid fatty acid
metabolism and, as such, it deserves all the exposure it can
May 12, 2023 - The plasmalogen biosynthesis pathway is thought
to have evolved first in anaerobic bacteria. Later, an oxygen-dependent
biosynthesis of plasmalogens appeared in some aerobic bacteria and
animal cells, but not in yeast or plant cells. The anaerobic
biosynthesis route starts with glycerol-3-phosphate, while the
oxygen-dependent route commences with dihydroxyacetone phosphate.
April 17, 2023 - Current quotation #46: "if you want grain,
Aitor, I'll lend you my tractor" (former Prime Minister
Mariano Rajoy, visionary extraordinaire).
April 14, 2023 - Current quotation #45: "We have nothing to fear
but the sky falling on our heads... but this will not happen
tomorrow" (Abraracourcix, wise and thoughtful Gaulish chieftain)
April 4, 2023 - In the latest issue of Nature Metabolism there
paper, which constitutes and excellent example on how to combine
click chemistry with lipid mass analysis to great effect.
March 27, 2023 - "Every country and society is different, but
Spain is a bit more different" (Julian Pitt-Rivers, British
anthropologist). Spring 2023 group meeting schedule
March 23, 2023 - It may happen once in a blue moon, yes, but
sometimes things fix themselves. No need to do anything, just wait.
March 8, 2023 - We all get preposterous e-mails from time to
time, but this one tops the list.
Perhaps a scam or a bait, but in any case it speaks volumes about
the current state of science.
February 15, 2023 - Even in those moments where everything seems
to be heading to the definitive disaster, a glimmer of light gets in
through a crack to let you know that there is still a lot of things
February 7, 2023 - Soccer, science, and passion... Replace
Racing Club with Real Madrid in this
essay, and we fully subscribe to it.
January 27, 2023 - Life would be so much happier if people spent
on the essential only half the time they spent on the accessory. The
new CIBERDEM logo here.
January 25, 2023 - Narcissism, arrogance, selfishness, seeking
attention, putting the blame on others, poor management of
conflicts, defensive behavior... these are all defining traits of an
immature person. How can power be given to people of that profile?
Fascinating mysteries of the IBGM.
January 10, 2023 - "It does not matter who you are, or how smart
you are, or what title you have, if your prediction is wrong then
your hypothesis is wrong. Period" (Richard Feynman, Nobel Laureate
in Physics 1965). Winter 2023 group meeting schedule
January 9, 2023 - Cryptic but highly educational message to
begin the year: Bribery (cohecho in Spanish) is the solicitation by
an authority or public official of value in exchange for performing
an act inherent to their position. The trap was set but the vermin
did not fall into it. New opportunities may present themselves.
December 17, 2022 - Dio wrote a song in the 80's called "Kill
the King". There is also another song in Spanish, bearing the same
title, sung by José Andrëa. And there is also a saying that goes as
"Kill the King and go to Murcia".
Historical reasons apart, what comes after the "and" looks like a
wise idea for many reasons. Being a plasmalogen fan is one of them.
December 9, 2022 - Plasmalogens, oxidized phospholipids, fatty
acid remodeling, ferroptosis, and much more, now available in your
favorite eicosanoid library!
December 7, 2022 - Patricia Monge
defended today her PhD dissertation, titled "Lipidomic analysis of
macrophage activation by immunoinflammatory stimuli." Congrats to
her for an excellent performance.
December 5, 2022 - Back from the Symposium on Lipid Signaling
and Oxidative Stress, held in Barcelona.
Old friends, good atmosphere, great science, what else could we ask
for? Yes, a bonus: several days without being bothered by you know
November 29, 2022 - Another good one: When you play the
game of thrones, you win or you
die... Older stuff, but well worth a laugh.
November 28, 2022 - To seek out new
data and new experimentations, to
boldly publish where no one has published before...
November 25, 2022 - Current quotation #44: "It was in Spain that
we learned that one can be right and yet be beaten, that force can
vanquish spirit, that there are times when courage is not its own
recompense" (Albert Camus, French writer).
November 24, 2022 - Just told that Stanford University recently
updated their list of the top 2% most widely cited scientists. Still
on board, and it seems that this time we got rid of the undesired
November 22, 2022 - Current quotation #43: "He who knows he is a
fool is not the biggest fool; the biggest fool will end his life
without ever seeing the light" (Zhuang Zhou, Chinese philosopher).
November 14, 2022 - Whoever said "better the devil you know" had
no idea of the things that took place in a small city that was once
the capital of an empire on which the sun never set.
November 11, 2022 - Back from the 13th CIBERDEM meeting, held
again in Mataró, Barcelona. Things
still going up for us.
November 8, 2022 - It is relieving that there is still people
who know that what cannot be is not and, in addition, it is
impossible. Needless to say, the chieftain and the empress are not
in the club of the enlightened.