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Evolutionary Trade Off: A solution to anti-biotic resistance?

We all have heard of a saying, “That which doesn’t kill us makes us stronger” by Friedrich Nietzsche. This is especially true in case of bacteria, organisms that are found everywhere ranging from “on us” to “inside us”. these microscopic … Continue reading

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Why make it when you can take it?

I don’t know about you, but when I think of evolution I think of gaining the ability to do something. Just look at humans who live at high altitudes; they make a massive amount of red blood cells (among other … Continue reading

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An experimental evolution-inspired step towards saving our planet

Do you every look up into the night sky of a big city in the hope to see stars, only to be disappointed by bleak smoggy darkness? Fossil fuel emissions are not pretty, and they certainly are not good for … Continue reading

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Fight or flight, bacterial edition: adapting your defense to suit your foe

Imagine you were surrounded by enemies, and had a choice of two defenses. You could send out a targeted laser to kill each bad guy, or instead, put in a bit more effort to form a clever disguise so that … Continue reading

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Phage Hunt NZ Guest Post: A First Hand Experience with Phage Therapy, Post 2

A Bacteriophage protocol in this area appears to need a lot more work; ideally an in-vitro test of an environment sample with the newly produced bacteriophage before application, if such a thing were possible, and a phage cocktail of a much wider spectrum for any one bacterial species. Continue reading

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Phage Hunt NZ Guest Post: A First Hand Experience with Phage Therapy, Post 1

“I now had a far more virulent unidentified infection and was antibiotic-dependant again, a return to a past I had hoped I had left for good.” Continue reading

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Experimental Evolution OF Evolution.

Evolution is something the vast majority of the 21st century agrees on. TV shows like the big bang theory have created a cosy little bandwagon where after an 8 hour shift, Joe blow can switch off to the terminology and … Continue reading

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What in the heck is Convergent evolution? An explanation, and how scientists study it.

Growing up I was always obsessed with the universe and the life it birthed. Atoms forged and fired from dying stars at the outer reaches of the cosmos travelling eons to coalesce into a cloud of universal dust. Gravity taking … Continue reading

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How much do small changes actually matter?

Many, many small things in the world add up to big things. I’m sure you’ve heard of some of these: Acts of kindness Pieces of plastic Mutations in bacteria Wait what?? One of these isn’t like the others… A brief … Continue reading

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You’ve heard about measles, you’ve probably even heard about smallpox… but what do you know about polio?

Feeling feverish? It could be the outcome of a fevered excitement to read this article, or it could be polio. Polio, also known as poliomyelitis (let’s stick with polio), is a highly contagious illness that can, along with fever, induce … Continue reading

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