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Suzan Mazur: If you were organizing a public evolution summit, what discoveries in biology would you showcase? Eugene Koonin
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I again requested a formal interview with Paul Wason, the life science (formerly science and religion) director at Templeton
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We can wake ourselves up by increasing our oxygen level by breathing deeply. Or conversely, we can put ourselves to sleep with a kind of meditation of shallow breathing, and repeating silently the words to the rhythmic "in" and "out" like a mantra.
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Zombies and the walking dead make for good copy, but do little to advance our understanding of life and death. Unfortunately, neither did the National Geographic with a cover article entitled, "The Science of Death: Coming Back from the Beyond."
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So yet again, as a new virus emerges we need to be concerned but not panic. We need to use our knowledge to help overcome our fears.
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Viruses are the most abundant organisms on earth, and each person has their own unique population of them, their virome. Efforts
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The rapid spread of Zika virus through the Americas, together with the association of infection with microcephaly and Guillain-Barré syndrome, have propelled this previously ignored virus into the limelight. So what is this virus and where did it come from?
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I think we need to change the phrase "breed like rabbits" to "breed like humans," as no other species on this planet even comes close to the human reproduction rate. As our population grows, available land shrinks and more and more people are forced to live in crowded, urbanized environments, a situation ripe for the easy spread and emergence of infectious agents.
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Before there was "Dr. Google," there was "Dr. Grandma". Even though these women didn't typically go to medical school, they often had good advice -- such as "eat your vegetables," and "go out and play." But when it came to health advice during the winter months, it's a mixed bag.
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It tracks the way that viruses assemble.
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Luckily, there are vaccines that prevent these viruses, and many others, from destroying our children. Vaccines that keep our families safe and intact. So no parent has to worry about whether their child will die, or worse, be permanently disabled by a preventable disease.
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"The eye in the octopus is a perfect entrée to the notion of a sophisticated suite of neural function and behaviors that in many ways seem to converge in nature and complexity on those of vertebrates."
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Eugene Koonin is director of the Evolutionary Genomics Group at the National Center for Biotechnology Information in Bethesda, Maryland, as well as its senior investigator. He is also senior investigator at the National Library of Medicine and National Institutes of Health.
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Plants arrive much later in evolutionary history than animals -- hundreds of millions of years later. And Baluška thinks they arose as a result of the symbiosis of fungi and algae. He argues, contrary to the standard view, that rooted plants are not "advanced algae."
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SPECIAL FROM Grandparents.com You expect germs to lurk in the obvious places—the toilet bowl, the trashcans, the floors. But
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The year of the virus may just turn into the Decade of The Virus. A major effort is needed in the scientific community to educate a global cadre of the next generation of virologists, to explore and to illuminate the world of viruses as we learn about who they are, what they are doing and how we control them.
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Dr. Moses confirmed that, "Sub-Saharan Africa is the most genetically diverse region in the world." The rates of susceptibility
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The biggest news outlets have been reeling with Ebola horror stories for weeks now, and while this terrible virus is certainly cause for alarm in West Africa (and precaution elsewhere), the risk to North Americans currently remains quite low.