RNI/Stanford Theoretical Neuroscience Public Lectures

More from the Jeff Hawkins (father of the PalmPilot and computational neuroscience fanatic!) and his Redwoods Neuroscience Institute: Five public lectures on theoretical neuroscience from March through May at Stanford’s new BioX center.

From the website: “This spring, the Redwood Neuroscience Institute, in collaboration with Stanford University, will host five public lectures on the Stanford campus by leading thinkers in theoretical neuroscience. Despite decades of research and general progress in experimental neuroscience, we still don’t have an overall theory of how our brains work. In this series we have asked the speakers to share their perspective on this problem and to give their outlook on the development of a brain theory.”

Between this neat seminar series and the 72 degree weather today in SF, I really wish I was back at Stanford!

RNA interference

Nature is doing a free web focus on RNAi (the use of short RNA molecules that silence mRNA and, hence, gene expression). This technique has been celebrated for the last year as the “instant knockout,” “the new molecular medicine,” and with even more outrageous promises than that. Still, the rise of RNAi in just a few years to becoming such a dominant technique is interesting.

The free web focus includes many different Nature articles from the past year on RNAi, including some review articles.