Day 20: Ever since Charles Darwin proposed his theory on the proliferation and adaptation of organisms on the planet, scientists have been tirelessly drafting the “tree of life.” The idea that the simplest membrane bound micro-environments evolved into an estimated 8.7 million different species of organism based on survival of the organisms with the most advantageous biology is absolutely mesmerizing. 309 more words
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“Mountain gorillas are an endangered great ape subspecies and a prominent focus for conservation, yet we know little about their genomic diversity and evolutionary past. We sequenced whole genomes from multiple wild individuals and compared the genomes of all four Gorilla subspecies.
We’ve heard a lot in the news over the last year about how researchers are working to develop a blood test to detect cancer, sometimes referred to as a “liquid biopsy”. 1,330 more words
When bears, bats, and other animals prepare to hibernate, they pack on fat at an impressive pace to almost double their weight. As they drift off into their winter slumber, their heart rates, breathing, and metabolism slow dramatically. 651 more words