How many Genes? A Short History of Off-Target Estimates

The late Lewis Thomas referred to medicine as the youngest science. In essence, medicine is a combination of sciences and techniques,  an ensemble which mutates faster than the key concepts of more mature fields like physics and chemistry. In biology, while most of our knowledge about the types of cell organelles or the number of human bones won't change radically in the future, the same... Continue Reading →

A Burglar Mystery

A home invader was masked, gloved and meticulous enough to vacuum and scrub the victim's apartment so as not to leave any hair or skin cells for forensic analysis. The vacuum bag was not left behind. He had used the toilet to urinate but brushed the bowl for five minutes. And he subsequently flushed two... Continue Reading →

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