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Chronic Mortal Danger a Performance Enhancer for Tadpoles

Have you ever been chased through the forest by a saber-toothed tiger? Chances are that you haven’t, unless you’ve coopted Dr. Emmett Brown’s Delorean and set it for 10,000 B.C., about the time that the last of the giant grumpy … Continue reading

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Survival of the Fittest Army Means Mixing Nerds With Meatheads

By now, you’re hopefully all aware of how evolution works. An animal gets some random mutation that helps it survive and produce more offspring. After a whole bunch of generations, that mutation is passed on to others until the whole … Continue reading

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Stranger Than Nature; Evolving New Proteins

A few days ago, I wrote about a study showing that it’s a-okay to give flu shots to children with egg allergies, which was actually up for debate since vaccines are typically produced in chicken eggs. I also mentioned that … Continue reading

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Through Charles Darwin’s Looking Glass

“Now, here, you see, it takes all the running you can do, to keep in the same place.” So the Red Queen told Alice in Lewis Carroll’s Through the Looking-Glass in a wildly fantastic world where most of the rules … Continue reading

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New Antibiotic Passes the Mouse Test

Slowly but surely, modern medicine is losing the battle to infectious bacteria. Blame the overprescription of antibiotics if you want for the rapid development of resistant strains of bacteria – have a sniffle? have some penicillin! – but regardless of … Continue reading

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How Humans Landed on a New Evolutionary Mountain to Climb

As far as researchers can tell, evolution is not a constant march across time. Instead, it’s more like a series of dashes from mountain top to mountain top. The fossil record shows that there have been a few eras characterized … Continue reading

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Adapting to the City Life – Genetically

What does it take for a person to adapt well to living in the big city? Other than a willingness to pay way too much to live in a tiny space with unkempt roommates, the ability to navigate crowded transportation … Continue reading

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