Pandas are lazy!

Pandas are closely related to carnivorous mammals (like all the other bears), but they consume mostly bamboo.  Their digestive tracts are short and adapted for digesting meat, not cellulose that is found in plants.  In fact, they only digest about 20% of all the bamboo they eat, and they eat a lot of bamboo (30-60 … Continue reading Pandas are lazy!

Swapping eggs

This week’s paper describes a new technique that could be used to manipulate human oocytes (i.e. eggs) to prevent a group of diseases called mitochondrial diseases.  The paper was presented by Tachibana et al. in Nature along with a similar paper by Paull et al.  For the sake of brevity, I will only discuss the … Continue reading Swapping eggs