Xenophilia (True Strange Stuff)

The blog of Xeno, a slightly mad scientist

DNA death predictors: What do they really tell you?

… gene-sequencing companies such as 23andme, deCodeMe and Navigenics can do a quick scan of your risk of developing everything from lung cancer to multiple sclerosis. Now two new firms … Continue reading

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Katehi, legislators agree: Unrest tied to funding shortfall

Assemblyman Marty Block called it the “elephant in the room.” But he, other lawmakers and Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi had no trouble talking about that elephant during a joint legislative … Continue reading

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Satellite spots China’s first aircraft carrier at sea

Alan Boyle – A commercial satellite operator says it has captured a rare image of China’s first aircraft carrier as it sailed through the Yellow Sea, after going through an … Continue reading

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Canada Begins Hearings on Salmon Virus

The fate of wild salmon is a sensitive topic in the Pacific Northwest and arguments often end up in court in the United States, whether over threats to endangered fish … Continue reading

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Experiments explain why almost all multicellular organisms begin life as a single cell

Dicty: An amoeba that must succeed at both single-celled and multicellular living to pass on its genes. Any multicellular animal, from a blue whale to a human being, poses a … Continue reading

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U.S. Suspends Use of Chimps in New Research

The National Institutes of Health on Thursday suspended all new grants for biomedical and behavioral research on chimpanzees and accepted the first uniform criteria for assessing the necessity of such … Continue reading

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Comet “Harpoon” Being Test Fired in NASA Lab

An explosive-powered harpoon designed to skewer a comet would be the easiest way to grab a chunk of the icy body for study back on Earth, according to NASA researchers … Continue reading

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