Monthly Archives: February 2016

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A blog about life...literally

Evolution of Modern Sharks

Sharks have been present on Earth since the dawn of the dinosaurs and possibly even earlier than expected. This unique species has been branched off from most species for hundreds of millions of years. Over hundreds and millions of years, … Keep Reading


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Gene Editing in Muscular Dystrophy

There are over 6,000 different genetic diseases known, with very few cures. One of the more common types of genetic disorders is Muscular Dystrophy, which does not have a cure, but it does have certain treatments that can slow down … Keep Reading


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Flies Sensory Neurons

At the University of Duke, scientists have been working with fruit flies to try and discover how nerves develop, and they may have had a breakthrough in puzzling together how flies develop neurons that regulate their keen sense of smell.


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Bacteria or Virus?

Every time you catch a cold or developer a fever, either a Bacteria or a virus is to blame, yet despite extensive knowledge on both organisms doctors are often unable to identify which one is the cause of your sickness. … Keep Reading


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#BioStreetArt

Scavenging the debris-filled streets of Brooklyn, New York with rubber gloves and plastic bags, 30 year old PhD student Heather Dewey-Hagborg probably looked a little strange. What she was planning to do was in fact strange- and to some people, … Keep Reading


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“Jaws” May Help Humans Grow New Teeth, Shark Study Suggests

A new study has discovered a network of genes that enable sharks to develop and regenerate their teeth throughout their lifetime. These genes allow sharks to replace whole rows of their teeth in a conveyor belt type fashion. Although scientists … Keep Reading


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Swallowing With Their Eyes?

The common definition for the eye may come around as “what animals and humans use to see”, but this is not the case for all organisms on Earth. Some organisms use their eyes as light detecting pits, for swallowing, and … Keep Reading


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Can My Lunch Affect My Genome?

Three meals a day is normal for any human being and then some snacking throughout the day for the common food lovers. Food speaks to the taste buds but is the most important source for the human body. Until about … Keep Reading


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The Biology of Deadpool

Science-fiction movies are a genius way to get average Americans interested in science. The Martian garnered massive interest in NASA, which the organization capitalized on with their timely announcement about discovering water on Mars. With the upcoming movie, Deadpool, biologists … Keep Reading


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Fatal Bacteria

About 1500 years ago in the year 541 A.D. in Europe, a menacing disease, the bubonic plague, spread to and killed approximately 50 million people. The plague, a fatal disease characterized by fever, chills, muscle aches, and extreme fatigue, spread … Keep Reading


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Veterinary Pathology

When I was desperate at the end of the year for extra credit to boost my grade I stumbled upon the KSU lectures and veterinary medicine opportunity. Looking through the topics I saw a lecture on veterinary pathology (Feb 17th). … Keep Reading


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The Cause of Alzheimers

Image from Wikimedia Commons According to the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America, Alzheimer’s is defined as “progressive mental deterioration that can occur in middle or old age, due to generalized degeneration of the brain.” When I was in middle school, a … Keep Reading


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New Genes Connected to Autoimmune Disease “Lupus”

According to the Mayo Clinic, lupus is a “chronic inflammatory disease that occurs when the immune system attacks the body’s own organs and tissues”. It is exceptionally difficult to diagnose, as no two cases are the same. The name comes … Keep Reading


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Nemo’s Mystery Mucous

Ocellaris Clownfish (Amphiprion ocellaris)Image from Wikimedia Commons From the family favorite movie Finding Nemo, we all know about the clown fish’s (Amphiprion) “shocking” home of choice, the sea anemone. These funny fish have a mutualistic relationship, with their killer domicile … Keep Reading


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New Gene Leads to Insight of Schizophrenia

All around the world many of people suffer from Schizophrenia. According to the National Institute of Mental Health Schizophrenia “is a chronic and severe mental disorder that affects how a person thinks, feels, and behaves.” Some of the symptoms include … Keep Reading


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