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Understanding Genetics: What are SNPs?

In a recent article, entitled “What Does it Mean to Have “The Gene” for Something? Not What You Think…“, I explained basic genetic variation. In summary, I talked about the fact that no one actually has “the gene for” some...

The Martian: Science vs. Fiction

I saw The Martian last night at the Denver Science Museum‘s IMAX theater, as part of the Denver Film Society’s annual sci-fi film fest. It was good to see the film again, especially on a giant screen, and especially when a Mars expert joined us to discuss...

The Many Meanings of “Mutant”

When you hear the word “mutant,” what comes to mind? Something negative, off, or scary, right? Something that has gone awry from a biological standpoint, that is different from the rest of us or what is considered “normal.” And since a mutation...

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