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The Astonishing Creativity of Your Genes

The code that makes cells is more complex than it once seemed.

The millimeter-long roundworm Caenorhabditis elegans has about 20,000 genes—and so do you. Of course, only the human in this comparison is capable of creating either a circulatory system or a sonnet, a state of affairs that made this genetic equivalence one of the most confusing insights to come out of the Human Genome Project. 119 more words


Natural selection is obsolete and the compassionate society needs non-coercive eugenics

Natural selection is about being “good enough” and never about excellence. It has been sufficient to the purpose to cope with the slow change of prevailing environment. 885 more words


Successful aging at 100 years

Images: Participants from the PT100 – Oporto Centenarian Study being interviewed

The February International Psychogeriatrics Article of the Month is entitled “Successful aging at 100 years: the relevance of subjectivity and psychological resources” by Lia Araújo, Oscar Ribeiro, Laetitia Teixeira and Constança Paúl.

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Mental Health

What Does HED Look Like?

Hypohidrotic Ectodermal Dysplasia (HED)
Other Names: Anhidrotic ectodermal dysplasia, Christ-Siemens-Touraine syndrome

Hypohidrotic ectodermal dysplasia (HED) is a rare genetic condition characterized by

Textual Healing

During the writing process, my thesis & I had a love/hate relationship. After four years of hard work & a lot of wasted paper (sorry environment), it was ready to submit a whole glorious week before the deadline. 793 more words


A Tribute to our Scientific Advisory Council

Every once in a while it is important to sit back and reflect on how blessed we are to have such wonderful professional commitment to our organization and the families we serve.  578 more words

Interesting Stories

Eat, Sleep, Thesis, Repeat

Well, I made it! After neglecting my blog for nearly three years (shameful!) & throwing myself into lab work, presentations, thesis writing & viva revision, I came out the other side – officially a Doctor of Philosophy in Biochemistry. 251 more words