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Sam Westreich, PhD

Here’s how different those supposedly “identical” twins really are

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Look at them! Those tattoos are totally different, and on different sides! “Identical twins”, my foot. Photo by Tiffany Combs on Unsplash


Biotech has two worlds — and most newcomers aren’t prepared for the second

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I can tell from her face — this young woman just finished her first two weeks in a biotechnology lab, and she’s regretting her entire career path. “I should have been a model!” Photo by Marco Testi on Unsplash
  • artificial limbs and advanced prosthetics that can be controlled by direct thought
  • new drugs to cure previously deadly and unstoppable diseases
  • genetic and genomic sequencing to understand how life works from the most basic building…


Jello shots aside, it’s not just drinks that ferment. These foods can contain alcohol.

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Good lord, that is a suggestive picture. Why would she take a picture like this… unless she was drunk! Drunk on those bananas! This is why people who eat fruit shouldn’t be allowed to drive, or use photography equipment. #banbananas Photo by Dainis Graveris on Unsplash


How the “extinction burst” means we’ll see more bad behavior, not less

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I suppose a megaphone is less scary than a gun, at least. Photo by Clem Onojeghuo on Unsplash


Yes, you can have “too much of a good thing” — and it can have consequences

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Look at that pretty girl, that apple just chock-full of vitamins. Could it contain… too many vitamins? Could it kill her, like poor Sleeping Beauty? The tragedy, the horror! Photo by Kira Kira on Unsplash


And other shocking facts about these incredible, enduring fish

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This salmon did not get to swim upstream. Instead, it will become an overpriced entree at a restaurant. Tragedy. Photo by NOAA on Unsplash


Trump’s update left out a critical recommendation, against the advice of experts

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“Ah, three tiny tomatoes. That fulfills my vegetable recommendation. Now, I can eat an entire tub of ice cream!” Photo by Davies Designs Studio on Unsplash


Why some animals (and people) have two different-colored eyes

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In ancient times, this kitten might have been burned as a witch. Today, we know that he’s not magically evil. He’s just garden-variety cat evil. Photo by Shubham Sharma on Unsplash


How these real-life dragons pull off true “immaculate conception”

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That’s a face only a mother could love… but that’s okay when it comes to mating, for these lizards! Photo by Joshua J. Cotten on Unsplash


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Look at all that splashy water. Is that from wind, or gravity, or tidal plates? Photo by Dan Stark on Unsplash
  1. How are tides caused?
  2. Does the Moon pull harder at some times to make stronger waves? …

About

Sam Westreich, PhD

PhD in genetics, bioinformatician, scientist at a Silicon Valley startup. Microbiome is the secret of biology that we’ve overlooked.

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