Extinct creatures are always interesting to read about. Dinosaurs take up most of the press and rightly so. People are captivated by the towering lizards with their mysterious disappearance and, more specifically, the possibility raised by the Jurrasic series of films that they might be brought back to life. However, while dinosaurs were certainly exotic … Continue reading Hagerman’s Horse
Recently Michael Schermer, the publisher of Skeptic magazine and a well-known figure in the atheist and secular circles, published an article on the Scientific American website on abortion. Unsurprisingly, given it is Michael Schermer, the article displayed a level of mental gymnastics and cognitive dissonance that would be hard to fathom if Schermer did not regularly display … Continue reading A Skeptics Take on Abortion
Building on the last article’s discussion of heredity and the genome, we need to take some time and discuss polyploidy. Polyploidy is probably a foreign word to many of you but it is a fairly straightforward word to understand. The prefix “poly” means many or multiple. The word “ploid” comes from Greek and roughly translates … Continue reading Polyploidy and the Genome (Research Article)
A recent article from Nature chronicled the efforts by scientists to create a self-replicating artificial cell. While this is a very interesting project and carries potential medical implications, it also raises some significant ethical questions. Providing a balance between the ethical implications and the needs of research will likely be a delicate balance moving forward. … Continue reading Cells from Scratch?