It’s All in The Genes

Fact: Tomatoes have more genes than humans. We think of humans as the most complex and advanced of all living thing on this planet – so naturally you might think that we require the most genetic material to make such a complicated animal. How wrong you would be. Your average human genome contains ~21,000 genes,…

Black and Yellow

Fact: Bees eat meat. We think of bees as cute, fuzzy balls which go around sniffing flowers. But it turns out some species of bee have a darker side. Trigona necrophaga is one such species, and the clue is in the name: they feed on the rotting flesh of animal corpses. Nicknames ‘vulture bees’, they crawl…

What a LAD

Fact: There is a condition called LAD syndrome.  Think this is a post about justifying lad culture with a medical diagnosis? Think again. LAD syndrome is something quite different. LAD syndrome actually stands for Leukocyte Adhesion Deficiency syndrome, a condition of the immune system where your white blood cells lack particular receptors. Normally when there is…

Fools Gold

Fact: DNA evidence can be faked.  DNA fingerprinting has become the ‘gold standard’ in forensic science for the identification of criminals, and has been billed as reliable and trustworthy beyond repute. But a new study calls that all into question. Recent research has shown that in-vitro DNA synthesis – which has become so simple that any…