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Posts From Elisa Visher

Giving Anatomy a Chance: Finding the Most Recent Common Ancestor of Placental Mammals

Giving Anatomy a Chance: Finding the Most Recent Common Ancestor of Placental Mammals

Researchers, including Yale’s Eric Sargis, have used anatomical data to reconstruct a phylogeny of placental mammals. Using these data, they have determined a date of divergence for placental mammals, reconstructed what the most recent common ancestor may have looked like, and challenged previous hypotheses based on solely genetic information.

Discovering the History of the Universe

Discovering the History of the Universe

The proposed WFIRST project will measure light emitting from distant supernovas to determine the history of the expansion of the universe. This project hopes to answer important questions about the nature of dark energy and the future of the universe.

Curing the “Bubble Boy”

Curing the “Bubble Boy”

Based on recent trials, gene therapy may provide a new avenue for treating the serious immune disorder ADA-SCID.

Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers

Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers

Mary Roach’s 2003 novel, Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers, takes a detailed look into the various destinies of post-mortem human bodies, and is extremely accessible despite its morbid subject.

23andme: A Genetic Social Network

23andme: A Genetic Social Network

Google-affiliated biotech company 23andme has been in the business of personal genomics since 2006, but it just recently introduced a new social networking feature along with a price reduction that it claims democratizes personal genomics.