Category: General Science

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Fruit Fly Sexy Time

This is one of the most awesome papers I have read in a while. It looks at the mating habits of male fruit flies, Drosophila melanogaster, and questions the molecular mechanism behind why male...

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The Blue Wave of Death

This is a really amazing bit of research into what happens to a dying worm. Researchers have discovered a burst of intense blue fluorescence, visible under UV light, that propagates through the worm in...

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Screening and Skepticism

If you could undergo a simple screening test for a disease, chances are you would; after all, the mantra “early diagnosis saves lives” has been endlessly drilled into our heads through doctors, friends, advertisements,...

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Gut Microbiome Splits a Species

This is some fascinating research, published in the latest issue of the journal Science. Ed Yong has a great writeup about it, but unfortunately the original paper is behind a paywall. It demonstrates that...

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Quorum Sensing and Virulence

Following on the heels of my recent post on Bacterial Biofilms, I wanted to write about quorum sensing next. This is a fascinating topic, and understanding how it works helps explain how a bacterium...