Genetic minimalists – the "one-gene" virus

More is not always better. Viruses know this best, as many of the species of viruses have evolved to have a genome reduced to beyond minimalistic. They have kept the ultimate minimum of protein-encoding genes,…

Protein structure for foodies

I haven't planned my blog to be educational per say, but the other day I stumbled on a thought that was equally ridiculous and fascinating. As I was aimlessly browsing Quora the other day I…

SPORES or how I busted Dr. Geller from…

For a gazillionth time I've been chilling by re-watch Friends and this time around I busted Ross - the brainy PhD and professor in Paleontology, for not knowing what "gleba" is. When his toddler daughter…

What makes a giraffe?

Giraffes are tall. Only their neck is longer than every person walking on Earth... By a quarter of a human... Ok, if you want the actual number, a giraffe's neck usually stretches to 2,5m! And…

Vitamin D for happy thoughts

It was a beautiful day today in Brussels! So I was stubbornly sitting on my sunlit balcony (despite the not-all-that-comfortable 6°C) hoping to get those sun rays to do its magic and for the VitaminD…