Want Fatter Cows? Bring In a Zebra – ScienceNOW

“”Natural selection has favored that mix,” says Johan du Toit, an ecologist at Utah State University in Logan. Natural selection, maybe, but not people. Convinced that other grass-chomping animals will drive their herds to starvation, ranchers in Kenya and elsewhere tend to keep their cattle separate from wildlife. But a new study suggests that thinking […]

Your Gut Bacteria Are What You Eat – ScienceNOW

“A large European-Asian consortium brought some order to the chaos when it reported in a Nature paper in April that humanity can be roughly divided into three “enterotypes” depending on which genus of bacteria dominates in people’s gut: Bacteroides, Ruminococcus, or Prevotella. People’s enterotype appeared to be stable over time, but it remains unclear why […]

Living to 100 and Beyond – WSJ.com

“In Jonathan Swift’s “Gulliver’s Travels,” Gulliver encounters a small group of immortals, the struldbrugs. “Those excellent struldbrugs,” exclaims Gulliver, “who, being born exempt from that universal calamity of human nature, have their minds free and disengaged, without the weight and depression of spirits caused by the continual apprehensions of death!” But the fate of these […]

Genome at Home: Biohackers Build Their Own Labs | Magazine

“A tiny spare bedroom is not an ideal space for a high tech biofabrication facility. To get to the one Josh Perfetto is putting together, visitors must walk all the way to the back of his mostly unfurnished house in Saratoga, California—through the kitchen, past some empty rooms, across a den with a lone couch—then […]

PLoS Pathogens: Selection of Resistant Bacteria at Very Low Antibiotic Concentrations

“These results add another dimension to the evolution of resistance and suggest that the low antibiotic concentrations found in many natural environments are important for enrichment and maintenance of resistance in bacterial populations.” I get a feeling that antibiotics will soon become as archaic as blood-letting. The sooner we deal with the consequences that any […]

Region awash in a new wave of wee breweries with big plans – The Boston Globe

“Where others see barroom taps crowded with beer options, Chris Lohring sees opportunity brewing.” A nice article on the state of breweries in the region, the business, and the entrepreneurs. Quite exciting. As for me, I’ll stick to small time 5-gal brewing. Read this article…

Photos: Mass. breweries and their top beers – Boston.com

“Brewing good beer isn’t something unique to Ireland, Germany, or the mountains of Vermont. In fact, there are quite a few craft breweries in Massachusetts that find an appreciative customer base both inside and beyond the borders of the Bay State. “Here are 10 breweries and brewpubs that produce their suds in the state, as […]

Photos: Local craft breweries are on the rise – Boston.com

“A new wave of niche breweries is the most noteworthy since the mid-1990s. New England is playing catch-up with California and other parts of the country already experiencing their own craft beer boomlets.” Take a look at the inner workings of a brewery. Read this article…

Ginkgo organism engineers and the pipe – Ginkgoo blog

“Here I’ll try to give a high-level picture of Ginkgo’s pipeline for organism engineering. If you’ve checked out our webpage, you’ll see that we have several different organism engineering projects happening at Ginkgo that span several different hosts. Our goal was to build out a pipeline that could support the engineering of all these very […]

Patients, Caregivers Willing To Buy Health Monitoring Devices — InformationWeek

“Nearly 8 of out 10 Americans are willing to pay up to $100 for a medical device that monitors their vital signs, according to an IBM survey that tracks trends in the use of mobile devices in healthcare. Fewer than 10% of respondents are paying out-of-pocket charges for such devices today, but more than one-third […]