Dressed to kill (Amazing parasites, part 1)

Parasitic life style is arguably one of the most creative in the whole range of living organisms. There are plenty of explanations why parasites exist – to fill every little gap in the food chain, to boost immunity of host species, to get rid of decomposition, you name it. Parasites…

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 to start flowing in my veins and it got me wondering… How fast does VitD…

Extreme babies of animals

Nature is well known for its extremes in pretty much every regard – variety, colours, sizes, dangerousness, smelliness, cuteness and what not. And while sometimes some natural features of organisms make sense (the warning bright colours of extremely poisonous frogs for example), in other case scientists still haven’t found the…

The secrets in the chromosome numbers

Why does our genome have so many blank spaces? According to some calculations, up to 80% of our DNA does not code for proteins or functional RNAs, or has any known regulatory functions. DNA is neatly packed in chromosomes to facilitate its separation during cellular division. We are able to…