The Thousand Dollar Genome Has Arrived!

The first human genome was sequenced about a decade ago, at a cost of around four billion dollars. The results were amazing, showing us that people have a paltry twenty some thousand total genes. We thought we were a lot more complicated than that. We also found that chimps have DNA sequence about 99% identical … Read moreThe Thousand Dollar Genome Has Arrived!

A Genome Without the Junk Proves that ENCODE Conclusions are Garbage

One of the shocking results of the Human Genome Project was the finding that we only have about 20 thousand genes. This seemed a ridiculously small number to encode an organism as complex as a person. How does a fertilized egg turn itself into an adult human being when it is only equipped with some … Read moreA Genome Without the Junk Proves that ENCODE Conclusions are Garbage

Poop is more therapeutic than antibiotic

In a recent study appearing in the New England Journal of Medicine it was shown that in some cases swallowing some poop can actually do you more good than taking a powerful antibiotic. Els van Nood and colleagues were studying patients suffering gut infections caused by a nasty bacteria, Clostridium difficile. These bacteria release toxins … Read morePoop is more therapeutic than antibiotic

Chronic Inflammation: The Rich Guy Disease

Chronic inflammation is the modern day silent killer. It promotes the development of many deadly diseases, including cancer (http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=chronic-inflammation-cancer), heart disease, stroke, Alzheimer’s disease and diabetes (http://www.lef.org/protocols/health_concerns/chronic_inflammation_01.htm). So, what is inflammation? Acute, or short term, inflammation is our normal response to an infection. The infected area becomes red, swollen and inflamed. We bring our innate … Read moreChronic Inflammation: The Rich Guy Disease

Genetic Determinism, Indeed!

Genetic determinism, according to Wikipedia, is the belief that genes, along with environmental conditions, determine morphological and behavioral phenotypes. It does not mean that genes totally rule, and will decide your preferred political party, your religion, and your love of carrots. It just means that genes are really important in shaping who you are. So … Read moreGenetic Determinism, Indeed!

The Twenty Missing Genes

We people have about twenty five thousand genes, a shockingly small number considering how complicated we are. It is truly amazing that you can genetically encode all of the remarkable complexity of a person with only twenty five thousand genes. As we sequenced the DNAs of other organisms we discovered that people don’t have a … Read moreThe Twenty Missing Genes