How our ancestor’s promiscuous genes became more discriminating.

A new study examined the way gene families evolve from ancestral genes, finding the original genes were promiscuous in that they had a wider range of function than the later descendant genes, which often evolved to be more selective in their effects.

First biological function of mercury discovered

Purple Non Sulfur Bacteria may play a role in reducing the amount of methyl-mercury in the oceans by converting it to a less harmful form.Sincerely,

Transplant Organizations issue a guidance statement regarding Zika virus

The transplant community has established a new committee to address the recent Zika virus outbreak, and protect organ transplant patients from the potential dangers of the virus.

How Albert Einstein broke the Periodic Table

In a study published in the January 19, 2016 issue of the Journal of the American Chemical Society (JACS), scientists at Tsinghua University in China confirmed that something very unusual is happening inside extremely heavy atoms, causing them to deviate from their expect chemical behavior predicted by their place on the Periodic Table of Elements.

Observing Alien Armageddon could be our first sign of advanced civilizations in space.

It may be possible to observe the presence of an advanced alien civilization by the effects produced if that civilization were to self-destruct through nuclear war, biological warfare, nanotechnological annihilation, or stellar pollution. Each case would generate unique detectable signs that could be identified by earth-based telescopes.

Discarded Thymus glands offer new hope for people with autoimmune disease

The thymus is one of those under appreciated organs you just don’t hear much about. Sitting in your chest, just in front of your heart, the thymus is at its largest and most active during infancy and childhood. By adulthood, the thymus has shrunk to practically nothing, being mostly replaced by fat. It plays an important role in the health

Intron Retention: a common cause for cancer

A new study finds that many cancers are caused by mutations that block the tumor suppressor gene’s effect, through a process called Intron Retention.

Pleasant thought of the Day: the galaxy may be a graveyard full of dead aliens

Where are all the aliens? Why haven’t we seen or heard their signals from space? Could we really have been the only planet where life evolved?

How dad’s bad diet may have impacted your disease risk

Careful with your diet, dads!