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Andrew (editor) started as a lab technician, but hadn't the patience to do science. So, he writes about it. He's been a reporter, public relations manager, marketing consultant and editor for academic institutions, biotechs and online magazines. When not writing life science stories, he can be found cycling rural California roads or surfing the Pacific.

Genes, Therapy & Identity | When we cease being us?

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Artist © Piet Zwaanswijk What do these statements have in common: “Know thyself,” “The Genetic Code,” and “You are what you eat”? They all point to the human quest for identity, the search for what makes us unique. And while the science of genetics has allowed us to know ourselves better, it also opens the door   …Continue Reading

Get the Science Right: That Butterfly Was Painted!

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A long history of science fraud The statistics are as unsettling as the headlines; scientific misconduct (fraud, plagiarism, selective results) has apparently been increasing. But how unique and modern is this misbehavior? Has it always been this bad? Consider this quote: “There are very few persons who pursue science with true dignity; it is followed   …Continue Reading

The Top 7 Disruptive Technologies

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What will change tomorrow? There are new technologies that are cool, some that are scary, and others that are just duds. But a fourth type of technology is known as “disruptive” for its capacity to dislodge the status quo, send us thinking in new directions and change the world. The problem, though, with disruptive technologies   …Continue Reading

To Feed the World, Eat More Types of Plants

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We only eat 12 of 300,000 species If the planet’s population is going to go from 7 billion today to 8 billion by 2025, then we’re going to have to find more to eat. But while there are 300,000 species of flowering plants, we only use about a dozen for food. Cornell University biologist Susan   …Continue Reading

All Coral Reefs Could Die by Century’s End

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Researchers: only drastic climate change measures will save reefs Every coral reef in the world will probably die off by the end of this century unless the production of carbon dioxide is curtailed severely, researchers from the Carnegie Institution for Science report. Accelerated carbon dioxide production is making the oceans more acidic, thus preventing the   …Continue Reading