‘Dark DNA’ Is the Latest Mystery in the World of Genetics… But What Is It?

Dark matter is one of the biggest mysteries of astronomy today. There’s tons of evidence that it’s there, but try as we might we haven’t been able to find it. In biology there’s a similar problem: dark DNA. When scientists were exploring the sequenced genomes of certain birds and rodents they noticed something odd. A Read more…

Genetic Engineering Will Change Everything Forever – CRISPR

magine you were alive back in the 1980’s, and were told that computers would soon take over everything: from shopping, to dating, and the stock market, that billions of people would be connected via a kind of web, that you would own a handheld device, orders of magnitudes more powerful than supercomputers. It would seem Read more…

What Did the First Animal Look Like?

[ intro ] One of the central concepts in evolutionary theory is common descent, meaning that all living organisms can be traced back to a single common ancestor. In other words, all life on Earth is related. That means, in theory, you could trace your way from child to parent to connect even the most Read more…