This week, Wolf Tivy interviews Will Eden, a biotech investor at Thiel Capital, on the impact of biotech advancements on society, Will's proposed health plan, immortality, and whether health care is even real at all.
You'd figure that mosquitoes, having been on our planet for the last 79 million years, would be really, really good at sucking blood. That's how they feed their young. Surprise! They're kind of bad at it. Today's feature: videos of mosquitoes...
Adam Strandberg“[Canine Transmitted Venereal Tumor] represents the oldest known malignant cell in continuous propagation, and challenges the concept of increasing genome instability in cancer progression.” why not cats? Or anything that has sex for that matter?
Adam Strandberg"Careful observation and precise measurement can be done, with or without statistical methods. Indeed, researchers often use statistics as a substitute for careful observation and precise measurement."
Some phages—viruses that infect bacteria—encode peptides that are secreted from infected cells and that, beyond a certain threshold, stimulate other viruses to switch from the lytic (killing the host cell) to lysogenic (dormant) phase.
Adam StrandbergAnd phage also communicate among themselves, which leads to the natural next question of whether bacteria can listen to viral quorum sensing
Transposable elements, or transposons, are DNA sequences that can jump from
site to site in the genome during the life cycle of a cell, usually encoding
the very enzymes which perform their excision. However, some transposons are
Scientists have figured out how microbes can suck energy from rocks. Such lifeforms might be more widespread than anyone anticipated.
Adam StrandbergFinding new methods for culturing organisms seems on par with developing new imaging techniques for high-impact discoveries ”Only a tiny fraction — perhaps 2 percent — of all the planet’s microorganisms can be grown in the lab.”