Blow Your Mind: Mitochondrial Eve

There’s something awe-inspiring about the prospect of a primordial mother figure, a lone women that all human lineages trace back to. Far from a mere mythological tale, however, scientists actually discovered such a woman – and her ghost resides in

15years-feature Fifteen Years and One Synthetic Cell Later

We interrupt this programming to inform you that a living, self-replicating bacterial cell has been made synthetically. The idea of life as chemistry has just scored some serious cred. If Stanley Miller and Harold Urey had lived to see today,

DNA Evidence can be Fabricated

We’ve largely come to hold DNA evidence as the ultimate weapon in criminal investigation, as well as one killer obstacle on the road to the perfect crime. Humans are constantly spurting fluids, shedding skin flakes and dropping hairs. Just one

Lightning: Life's Secret Ingredient?

Dr. Frankenstein, if you’re reading this, you have reason to feel a little vindicated. While the modern scientific community may laugh at your use of harnessed lightning bolts to animate a stitched-up monster, they’re at least admitting that lightning may

Telepods2 Mad Science: Human Flora and ‘The Fly’

In David Cronenberg’s 1986 film “The Fly,” brilliant scientist Seth Brundle (Jeff Goldblum) accidently splices his genes with a housefly stowaway. But what about all the foreign DNA that would have existed in Brundle’s internal microbes? Read more ›

Genetic Breakthrough May Let You Saddle up a Zebra

Want to ride a zebra like Tanya Roberts in “Sheena, Queen of the Jungle?” Well, a little genetics stands in the way of that, and a team of scientists claim to have discovered the very genes responsible. Read more ›

A Particulate Problem with Your DNA

Air pollution’s affect on your lungs is pretty obvious. Go out running on a Code Purple air quality day and you’ll come home thirsty, coughing and tired (so please don’t). Air pollution, especially particulate matter, also messes with your heart,

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