Short Dog Leg Gene

Short dog leg gene found, according to articles in National Institutes of Health News 16 July 2009 and ScienceDaily 17 July 2009 and Science, vol. 325, p995, 21 August 2009 (originally published in Science Express on 16 July 2009). An international team of scientists have found the gene that gives dog breeds such as dachshund, […]

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Pollen Trap Prevents Hay Fever

Pollen trap prevents hay fever, as described in New Scientist 23 November 2002, p20. Australian scientists are currently running clinical trials on a device that filters air as it enters the nose in order to prevent pollen grains from triggering allergic reactions. Unlike conventional filters, which work like a sieve and rapidly get clogged up, […]

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Is Bird Flu Evolving?

Is bird flu evolving? ask many readers. Numerous warnings that the Avian Influenza virus will mutate and cause a pandemic have been in the scientific news services over the last few months. As a result we have received many questions about whether the virus is evolving. Editorial Comment: Bird flu is one of a number […]

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DNA Creation

A reader writes: “I recently heard John Mackay at a meeting at Edinburgh Scotland and was impressed with his presentation and approach. I have relayed to one of my colleagues how he explained that Thymine has a higher affinity for Thymine so it supports design being involved in DNA creation. He went off disbelieving of […]

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Aussie Tasmanian Devils Evolve Cancer Resistance

Aussie Tasmanian devils evolve cancer resistance, according to reports in ScienceDaily, Science (AAAS) news, Nature News 30 August 2016, and ABC News 31 August 2016, and Nature Communications doi.org/10.1038/ncomms12684 published online 30 August 2016. Over the past 20 years a deadly cancer has rapidly spread through the population of Tasmanian Devils. The cancer, named Devil […]

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Survival of Gentlest Could Save Devils

Survival of gentlest could save devils, according to ABC News in Science 4 September 2012 and DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2656.2012.02025.x. Tasmanian Devils are small carnivores living in the island state of Tasmania, south of the Australian mainland. The population of Devils has been greatly reduced over the last few decades because of a facial tumour spread by […]

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Darwin Sets Christian Faith Behind

“After Annie’s death, Charles set the Christian faith firmly behind him” writes Randal Keynes, a great, great grandson of Charles Darwin in a biography of Darwin, Annie’s Box. Keynes’ book, which focuses on Darwin’s family life, was reviewed in Science, vol 296, p1974, 14 Jun 2002. The reviewer states, “Freed from the last vestige of […]

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