Monthly Archives: February 2018

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A blog about life...literally

Who Runs the World? (GIRLS!)

In agreement with the famous hit “Run the World (Girls)” written by America’s angel Beyoncé, the Amazon Molly, a fish located off the coast of Texas and Mexico, can only produce female offspring. The Amazon Molly reproduces asexually but due … Keep Reading

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Unit 8 Review Videos

These videos cover the majority of the material from Unit 8 – Ecology.

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New Biotechnology is Getting CRISPR

As we recently wrapped up our genetics unit in class, a new technology caught my attention. It sounds so familiar that we probably talked about it a little bit in class, but I wanted to do some more research on … Keep Reading

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More than Just Freaks of Nature

Cross breeding has produced a wide variety of animals. It is a unique process that cannot happen between any two species. In order for reproduction to occur the two species must be close enough related that their chromosomes, proteins and … Keep Reading

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The Evolution of Modern Humans

Humans in relation to the earth have not been around for very long. We’ve inhabited the earth for only about 6 million years with the modern form thought to not evolve till about 200,000 years ago (click here for more … Keep Reading

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The Origin of the Disease Sickle Cell Anemia

Image from Wikimedia Commons Scientists have been trying to understand how and why Sickle Cell Anemia is affecting so many people all over the world. Over 100,000 people have Sickle Cell Anemia and almost 2 million people are carriers of … Keep Reading

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Cloning humans has always been a well discussed topic among all scientists and even people, many believe that cloning my never work for humans, but are we almost there? In China, they just successfully cloned two identical long-tailed macaques using … Keep Reading

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A Merge in Mental and Physical Health

Broken heart syndrome was first described in Japan in 1990. Broken heart syndrome, also known as tako tsubo cardiomyopathy, apical ballooning syndrome, and stress cardiomyopathy, is a typically nonfatal heart condition. It is essentially the weakening of the left ventricle … Keep Reading

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“I live in Kansas! Whats Ocean Acidification Again?”

“What’s Ocean Acidification? And why should I care? I live in Kansas!” are all questions you may be asking yourself right now. Although the term ocean acidification is often mentioned, it is never truly explained in its full depth, and … Keep Reading

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Lac(k) of Digestion

Lactose intolerance is the inability to properly digest the sugar lactose, found in dairy products, often causing pain in the intestinal region when consumed. As people grow up, it is common that lactose intolerance may appear as a trait in … Keep Reading

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Skin Cells Can Become Pluripotent Stem Cells

It is common knowledge throughout the science community that skin cells can be turned into induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) in a couple of ways. In 2006, scientists discovered that by treating skin cells with four different key proteins (transcription … Keep Reading

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Killing Two Birds With One Stone

A recent study has been conducted by the Boston University School of Medicine that has discovered a possible link between Parkinson’s disease and Huntington’s disease. Parkinson’s disease is a disorder that is believed to be caused by genetic mutations and … Keep Reading

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Let’s MEAT the Future

It is a fact that animal agriculture is heavily unsustainable… It takes 2,500 gallons of water to produce one pound of beef. Livestock covers 45% of the Earth’s land. Livestock produces 116,000 pounds of waste every second. 91% of Amazon … Keep Reading

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Detective DNA

DNA: busting crimes and saving livesImage from Wikimedia Commons An infamous 1994 rape case, in which a woman was raped at Prospect Park while carrying groceries home, caused an uproar when a high-profile newspaper columnist accused the case of being … Keep Reading

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