Xenophilia (True Strange Stuff)

The blog of Xeno, a slightly mad scientist

Secret to indestructibility: stealing DNA

Washington (AFP) – The minuscule but nearly indestructible tardigrade gets a huge chunk of its genome from the DNA of foreign organisms, which scientists say may hold the key to … Continue reading

November 24, 2015 · Leave a comment

Happiness and the size of your precuneus

 Where does happiness exist in the brain? Are the brains of happy people different from those of unhappy people? Researchers from Kyoto University, in a new study published in the … Continue reading

November 22, 2015 · Leave a comment

Lab-Grown Vocal Cords Sound Like The Real Thing

A team of scientists at the University of Wisconsin-Madison has bioengineered vocal cord tissue capable of vibrating and generating sound as well as natural tissue. The feat is being hailed … Continue reading

November 20, 2015 · Leave a comment

Your Gut: Home to an Entirely New Life Form?

A new genetic analysis of human gut bacteria is turning up some really weird critters—so weird, in fact, that some biologists are speculating we’ve found an entirely new domain of … Continue reading

November 13, 2015 · Leave a comment

Not Possible: “Good Guys Only” Backdoors

After a major victory in the United States, Apple is facing an another threat to its encryption efforts on a different front: the United Kingdom. The Cupertino-based tech giant typically … Continue reading

November 12, 2015 · Leave a comment

British baby given genetically-edited immune cells to beat cancer in world first

… A British baby has become the first in the world to be free of leukaemia through a ground-breaking genetic editing technique which creates designer immune cells to fight cancer. … Continue reading

November 5, 2015 · Leave a comment

Robin Williams’ widow says depression didn’t kill him

(CNN) Comedian Robin Williams’ widow, Susan Williams, said she and her husband “were living a nightmare” in the months leading up to his death. “My best friend was sinking,” an … Continue reading

November 4, 2015 · Leave a comment

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