Category: The Science

Polyploidy and the Genome (Research Article)

Polyploidy and the Genome (Research Article)

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)

Cells from Scratch?

Cells from Scratch?

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?