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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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Want to make a new species? Put a little pressure on it…

A fascinating event that can occur in evolution is speciation; mutations bringing about new species that are significantly different to their ancestor. But how does this happen, what causes it, and how can we watch it happen? Observing the processes … 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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Hybrids: a fast track to evolution?

Darwin’s theory of evolution by natural selection is, in my opinion, the most awe-inspiring of scientific theories. Sure, it doesn’t quite have the indispensable quality of gravitational theory in literally holding us to the Earth… But, to look around at … Continue reading

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CANCER’S NEXT TOP MODEL?

As a scientist, I want to find a treatment for cancer. To do this I need to perform many experiments testing my new therapy on cancer. I can’t just use human patients, they’re too annoying. How about cancer cells from … Continue reading

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Finding Sequels

I’ve always, always, always loved animals. As a kid, I wanted to be a vet (“also an actor,” thought this 30-something genetics student, “kids are weird”). My Mum worked at a Safari Park in the UK, which didn’t help, as … Continue reading

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The life of a pea aphid, and why you don’t want to be him

Aphids live pretty simple lives, suck up some plant juices, find a mate, and make some babies…sounds quite chilled, right? Wrong. In fact, the life of a pea aphid or Acyrthosiphon pisum, is a constant battle against predators and parasites. In … Continue reading

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