Evolution in Real Time: Antibiotic Resistance

I saw a paper in Science this week that was simultaneously very exciting and, frankly, terrifying. It involved the study of antibiotic resistance in Escherichia coli. Many studies have been done looking at how E. coli and other bacteria can evolve resistance to both single and multi-drug environment. These are normally conducted in flasks of liquid culture,… Read More Evolution in Real Time: Antibiotic Resistance

Genetically Modified Aubergine Reveals Desperation of Anti-GMO Zealots

I have written extensively in the past about the benefits of genetically modified crops and how the anti-GMO lobby will tell any lie they can think of to try to discredit a technology that not only doesn’t do harm but actually has the potential to do enormous amounts of good. They say that it increases… Read More Genetically Modified Aubergine Reveals Desperation of Anti-GMO Zealots

New Drug Hints at First Treatment For Alzheimer’s Disease

Given a sizeable portion of the institute I work in is dedicated to the investigation of Alzheimer’s Disease (AD) it would be remiss of me if I didn’t mention the exciting new paper on a potential treatment. Published this week in Nature was a paper that conducted a double-blind, placebo controlled trial of a drug… Read More New Drug Hints at First Treatment For Alzheimer’s Disease

Longest Lived Vertebrate? More Data Required

A new study published this week purports to have discovered the longest lived of all the vertebrates. The Greenland shark, Somniosus microcephalus, is a very large, very slow growing creature that lives in the far reaches of the north Atlantic. Full grown adults can reach in excess of five metres in length. The new research, published in… Read More Longest Lived Vertebrate? More Data Required

Genetically Modified Mosquito On Verge Of Full Scale US Release

Regular readers may remember a post back in March of this year where I wrote about a genetically modified mosquito. The aim of the GM mosquito was to decrease populations of the species Aedes aegypti, an all but domesticated variety of mosquito perfectly adapted to live in human-inhabited areas and carrier of several significant human pathogens… Read More Genetically Modified Mosquito On Verge Of Full Scale US Release