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of 174 patients with a mean age of 62.7 years were included in analysis. At hospital 1 a mean of 16 lymph nodes were found after dissection vs a mean of 28 reported at hospital 2 (p <0.001). No significant differences were found in the number of tumor positive lymph nodes (p = 0.65). Mean lymph node density at hospitals 1 and 2 was 9.3% and 3.9%, respectively (p = 0.056).\n\nConclusions: Despite equal anatomical clearance by the same experienced surgeons we report a statistically significant difference between 2 pathology departments where the number of lymph nodes was evaluated after extended bilateral pelvic lymph node dissection for bladder cancer. Unless standardized methods are agreed on by pathologists, the number of reported lymph

nodes as an indicator of surgical quality and lymph AZD1208 manufacturer node density as a prognostic factor should be used cautiously.”

“The sample frequency spectrum of a segregating site is the probability distribution of a sample of alleles from a genetic locus, conditional on observing the sample to be polymorphic. This distribution is widely used in population genetic inferences, including statistical tests of neutrality in which a skew in the observed frequency spectrum across independent sites is taken Epigenetic signaling inhibitor as a signature of departure from neutral evolution. Theoretical aspects of the frequency spectrum have been well studied and several interesting results are available, but they are usually under the assumption that a site has undergone at most one mutation event in the history of the sample. Here, we extend previous theoretical results by allowing for at most two mutation events per site, under a general finite allele model in which the mutation rate is independent of current allelic state but the transition matrix is otherwise completely arbitrary. Our results apply to both nested and nonnested mutations. Only the former has been addressed previously, whereas here we show it is the latter that is more likely to be observed except for very small sample sizes. Further, for any mutation transition matrix, we obtain the

joint sample Roscovitine solubility dmso frequency spectrum of the two mutant alleles at a triallelic site, and derive a closed-form formula for the expected age of the younger of the two mutations given their frequencies in the population. Several large-scale resequencing projects for various species are presently under way and the resulting data will include some triallelic polymorphisms. The theoretical results described in this paper should prove useful in population genomic analyses of such data. (c) 2011 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.”

“The freshwater planarian is a powerful animal model for studying regeneration and stem cell activity in vivo. During regeneration, stem cells (neoblasts in planarian) migrated to the wounding edge to re-build missing parts of the body.