Igor, Bring Me a Brain
Week of October 12

brainAn interesting report released this spring will likely send shock waves through the biological and medical research communities. Researchers reported that they successfully kept pig brains alive completely outside the animal. Yes, a brain taken out of the skull of a dead animal was kept functional in a laboratory! Viktor Frankenstein would be impressed, and his poor assistant Igor would be ecstatic to give up grave robbing and reach for a brain off the shelf. This is fitting, as it has been 200 years since the publication of Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein.” Does this mean that we can survive the eventual failings of our bodies to live as a disembodied brain though? Not so fast!...More »

A Sweet Tooth Might Not Make You Fat
Week of October 5

sweet toothNorbert, you have a sweet tooth; I’ll bet the desserts in your house know your name because the ones in my house call my name, I swear it! (laugh) It seems to get worse with age. My wife has to slap away my hand when I reach for second cookie. So, yeah, I am worried about weight gain, heart disease, diabetes and the whole gamut... More »

The Gift of Genetic Tests
Week of September 28

genetic testingI’m always searching for unique Christmas gifts for my family and friends. One year it was maple syrup aged in bourbon barrels. Another was a sampling of mustards. This past year I chose to give ancestry or genetic testing kits. You wanted to prove that your science nerdism is tops in your family, right? No, that’s already a known fact!... More »

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