The Future Just Isn’t What It Used to Be

Predicting the Future I view much, probably most, of the conversation/predictions about what the future holds with a generous amount of skepticism. But some predictions hold a believable level of certainty and, frankly, are worrisome to me. Self-Driving Cars, for Example I believe that self-driving cars are in our not-too-distant future. And this frightens more than comforts me. For example,… Continue reading

"And Man Became A Living Soul"

Craig Venter‘s announcement begins rather matter-of-factly: We’re here today to announce the first synthetic cell—a cell made by starting with the digital code in the computer, building the chromosome from four bottles of chemicals, assembling that chromosome in yeast, transplanting it into a recipient bacterial cell, and transforming that cell into a new bacterial species. This is the first self-replicating… Continue reading

King Tuthankamen’s DNA Speaks

The National Geographic article about the results of the DNA study of King Tut is fascinating.  He apparently was frail, had malaria, a genetic walking disorder, and was the son of a brother and sister. King Tut may be seen as the golden boy of ancient Egypt today, but during his reign, Tutankhamun wasn’t exactly a strapping sun god. Instead,… Continue reading