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Taking sibling rivalry to a whole new level.

Picture it. You are a larva, freshly hatched from an egg, and squirming around with just one goal. Survive. How best to survive? Well, you need food pronto; you’ve literally never been hungrier in your life!! You survey your options, … Continue reading

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A comfort zone is a beautiful place, but nothing ever grows there

Experimental evolution is not a subject that I would describe as being within my comfort zone. This may explain the interesting experience I have had with this topic and why my appreciation for experimental evolution has grown considerably. In many ways, lack of … Continue reading

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One Guppy to Rule Them All.

Trying to find a paper on experimental evolution wasn’t an easy task for me. I found papers that I thought were interesting, but were lacking in experimental evolutionary methods and others that bored me to death. Personally guppies are what come to mind … Continue reading

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Sorry for killing you, I thought you were someone else.

Legionella pneumophila is the bacteria behind legionnaires disease, a severe disease with high mortality rates, but it infects you accidentally… But what do they mean when they say “accidental”? Is it like when I accidentally ate that whole pack of … Continue reading

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The Red Queen, Evolution, and Sex!

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Altruism, does it exist?

Recently I was reading a paper by  Kuzdzal-Fick et al. about my all time favourite social amoeba Dictyostelium discoideum, or as I like to call them, dictys, and it got me thinking: is altruism a real thing among non-sentient beings? … Continue reading

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Down the memory lane of a fruit fly

Pineapple medium or orange medium, which medium do I choose? Both of it were her favourite, zooming past the other flies, flapping her wings vigorously, Mrs. Drosophila landed on the pineapple medium. She was soon followed by Mr. Drosophila. Little … Continue reading

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Evolution in our backyard

Evolution. A quick Google search will tell you evolution is “the process by which different kinds of living organism are believed to have developed from earlier forms during the history of the earth”. That answers the what. But who is … Continue reading

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Bacteria, mostly harmless…

I was doing a little research about the 5 second rule recently (more on that soon) and I came across a number that surprised me. According to this site, only 5% of bacteria are pathogenic. This number struck me as surprising … Continue reading

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Soil Sampling: A bacteriophage : a tube of dirt as a human being : ______ _____________.

Originally posted on Phage Hunt NZ:
A student question I received this week by e-mail: In regards to our soil samples, would it be best to collect them in the morning or can we do it today? I’ve mapped out…

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