In honor of Halloween, we hope you enjoy our goody bag of scientific treats, including a couple of pieces of advice for everyone’s favorite costumed holiday!
Monthly Archives: October 2008
I’d like to start by saying that I have no intentions of getting political here, but there are times when politics and science intersect. And every once in a while, one of them will hit close to home. And this is one of those times. Lucy K. and I had already been planning to write an entry about model organisms at some point, when the following video clip surfaced online, sparking some anger from the scientific community.
Now, I don’t know about the reference to Paris, France, but I can tell you for sure that fruit fly research is a whole lot more important than Sarah Palin seems to realize. Why? Because fruit fly research isn’t about fruit flies. It’s about human disease and development. And though a lot of scientists understand why, it’s important that the public understands too, so that misconceptions like this don’t get propagated.
So want to know more about how scientists can use insignificant seeming organisms like fruit flies to study important questions about neuroscience, disease, genetics and more?
I’m a Yankee but scientists may have proven that people really are nicer in the South, or at least when it’s warm!
These days, biology is getting bigger and bigger. Instead of studying one gene, we can sequence whole genomes. Instead of studying specific changes to the composition of a cell, we can study all of them. All these experiments produce a lot of data, which is where computers come into the picture. With computers, you can find new ways to organize and analyze huge amounts of data in ways that the human brain could never handle on its own. As a result, the fields of biology and computer science are becoming more and more intertwined.
This week, among the other tasty BioBites, we bring you a report on software that can predict your age by scanning your face and a (less serious) story about a Google App that prevents you from drunk emailing your friends, your enemies and your ex.