Tagged: Genetics

How To ‘Date’ A Dinosaur Fossil

No, not that kind of dating… Rather, ‘dating’ a dinosaur bone dug out of the ground involves a series of processes that allow us to estimate just how long the thing had stuck around on this Earth. This helps us...

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What’s the Big Deal About Gene Therapy?

In recent years, pharmaceutical companies and research institutes have invested heavily in gene therapy research. The main reason for this is the immense potential to create cures for supposedly incurable genetic diseases. Targeting the source of diseases at the genetic...

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Zebrafish: Lab Rats of The Future, Today

“Such an exotic name!” you exclaim, “Surely it must be some elusive endangered African species that can only be found in two specific wetlands in the Congo Basin?” Well, the zebrafish is indeed exotic, but in a different context –...

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Your Body is a Spaceship – Your Genes are the Crew

Ponder that. Your body is merely a vessel – a temporary host to an immortal crew. Their sole mission is to pass copies of themselves on to their next host, ideally, one that is stronger, fitter and better able to produce...