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Mimivirus - making us think again about virus classification

This article – by one of the discoverers of Mimivirus – argues that the new giant DNA viruses are different from other viruses and that as a result, we neew to create a new brach of microbes. 163 more words


I Once Was Blind, But Now I See

Fact: Blind people don’t see darkness. They see nothing.

I’ll admit this seems counter-intuitive; most of us would shout “I can’t see anything” when stumbling around in the pitch dark. 218 more words


Top 5 fieldwork apps

By Rowena

I said I would eventually get round to writing a blog post on the apps we use here at Juniper Hall, and here it is! 708 more words

Taking race out of human genetics

In the wake of the sequencing of the human genome in the early 2000s, genome pioneers and social scientists alike called for an end to the use of race as a variable in genetic research. 111 more words


Biology in the Winter

As winter break approaches, many people are probably planning to settle in at home and stay warm. Similarly, in the arctic, the polar night in the winter that can last several months has historically been considered by scientists as a time where biological activity slows down due to the cold and darkness, since primary producers are dependent on light and photosynthesis to produce energy. 450 more words


Bacteria surfing space

Why do we want to go to Mars so badly? The first answer that comes to mind is: to look for alien life.

You might think that, being an astrobiologist, I am biased. 1,093 more words