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Direct-to-Consumer 2: Epigenetic Boogaloo

13 Aug 2020

Cutting-edge science can be used to fashion mirages. We are led to believe there is value in the product, a drink to quench our thirst for knowledge. But when we have spent our money, we are stuck...

We Are All Mutants and So Is the Coronavirus

16 Apr 2020

The word “mutant” suggests aberrations. Whether we think of Jeff Goldblum’s stomach-churning physical deterioration in The Fly or even the unwarranted demonization of the X-Men by non-mutants, that...

How Long Can a Virus “Live” Outside the Body?

8 Apr 2020

One of the frequently asked questions about the SARS-CoV-2 virus is how long the virus can live outside the body. “Live” is not exactly the appropriate term, as viruses are not really "alive"...

How Do We Rapidly Test for COVID-19?

12 Mar 2020

There’s a lot of talk about testing for the new coronavirus and how testing kits are in short supply in certain areas. But what few people explain is what is inside this mystery box. How are...

The Seen and Unseen Consequences of Albinism

13 Dec 2019

Today I learned two things. First, that we apparently have an albino squirrel on our campus. Second, that seeing an albino squirrel before a test is good luck....

The Genetic Astrology of Naturopath Ben Lynch

27 Nov 2019

Are you Hufflepuff or Gryffindor? Erudite or Dauntless? Or maybe you know your Myers-Briggs Type to be ESTP? Or how about plain old astrology? Are you a Capricorn?...

What Accounts for Variations in Height?

22 Nov 2019

It’s nice to be tall. Tall people are more likely to get hired, get promoted and are paid better than their shorter counterparts. They can reach things from high shelves, have unobstructed views at...

Are You There, Race? It’s Me, DNA

9 Aug 2019

What would you say is Liam Neeson’s race?...

You Inherit Part of Your Fingerprint from Your Parents

19 Jul 2019

Our fingerprints are a one-of-a-kind pattern, so unique to an individual that even identical twins don’t share them. And yet I’m here to tell you that you inherit part of your fingerprint from your...

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