Posted in October 2012

And now, a political rant about sexism

And now, a political rant about sexism

It is said that a gaffe is when a politician accidentally says something true. Lately it seems that Republican politicians in the US, especially, have been speaking their mind more than usual. And now, sitting here 8 days before the presidential election and staring down hurricane Sandy, I finally just can’t take it anymore. The … Continue reading

Sperm are Cool #3: Giant sperm and the Zenker organ

Sperm are Cool #3: Giant sperm and the Zenker organ

Today, I’m going to write about everyone’s favorite kind of sperm: giant. Who makes giant sperm? It’s not who you might think. The giants of the animal kingdom–whales, elephants–make sperm that are very similar to that of men and mice. Tiny. It’s the little guys who make the biggest sperm. In fact, as I’ve pointed … Continue reading

Fertile eggs created from stem cells

Fertile eggs created from stem cells

You may read about this paper already, about scientists turning stem cells into fertile eggs (for example, this article at NPR). And of course, it deserves the hype. This is certainly a big breakthrough in stem cell research–especially induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cell research. iPS cells are similar to embryonic stem cells, except that they … Continue reading