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Time lapse of epithelial cells undergoing mitosis

Time lapse of epithelial cells undergoing mitosis.

If You Can Smell This, You May Not Have Alzheimer's

A new diagnostic test involves a dollop of peanut butter.<p>You may not have heard of "the peanut butter test," but it could become a fantastically low-cost and non-invasive way to test for Alzheimer's. After all, what's less invasive than asking someone to smell some delicious peanut butter?<p>"The …

Fractal Biology

A fractal can be described as a pattern that contains itself on smaller and larger scales. One simple example of a fractal is a tree; it contains the same pattern in the trunk, branches, and leaves. Each time the tree branches it forms a new iteration of its fractal shape.<p>Systems form patterns which act as a components on a higher scale. When the type of interaction between components is the same on multiple scales, a fractal emerges.<p>Biological systems appear to have a fractal property, …

Craig Venter Thinks He Can Change the World: He Already Has

J. Craig Venter has worked with teams to sequence hundreds of genomes, including his own. In the future, he says, this information will help us to understand the basic building blocks of life, providing valuable insights into issues like aging, disease and synthetic fuel.<p><b>Genomics pioneer J. Craig</b> …

Craig Venter: 'This isn't a fantasy look at the future. We are doing the future'

The pioneering American scientist, who created the world's first synthetic life, is building a gadget that could teletransport medicine and vaccines into our homes or to colonists in space<p>Craig Venter reclines in his chair, puts his feet up on his desk and – gently stroking his milk …