(Bio)Engineering a dragon

It's clear we do need dragons, even if only for the sole reason that it'd be absolutely awesome!.. Reading this blog post made me think - how hard would it be to (bio)engineer a dragon?…

Skinner and his superstitions

Do you cross you fingers and knock on wood? Or may be turn the other way when a black cat crosses your path? Being superstitious has little to do with being religious, and for some…

20 years after Dolly or "where are all…

A sheep was born 20 years ago today, a group from Scotland (from the Roslin Institute) announced that they have successfully cloned the first mammal from an adult somatic cell. The achievement was in the…

Restarting evolution – mirror proteins

Evolution is not the means to an end We often think wrongly about evolution as a process which is directional - headed in a specific "predetermined" way, the road to a specific endgame of Nature.…

Bloody diets and academic hogwash

Anecdotes are a powerful tool in forming our opinions Science is often enough suffering by public misunderstanding, misconceptions and fear, and even scientists attacking each other. But while this is often uncalled for and predominantly…

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,…