The Code of Life – Short Poem

A, C, G, T what will the next one in the sequence be? A double helix twisted round How many base pairs can you count? Genetic information must be read right else the organism may succumb to blight Cellular mechanisms and protein tricks ensures that all the bases sticks Should something go awry it won’t […]

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We are Borg: How Ticks Assimilate Genetic Adaptation

To most people parasites are gruesome creatures, likely the feature of nightmares. Yet, they are fascinating organisms from an evolutionary perspective (read more about Tick Origins and the Fossil Record). They are prime examples of the evolutionary arms-race, where parasite and host try to outwit one another through biological adaptation. Unlike plant ectoparasites, animal parasites […]

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The Dialectic of Innovation

A practical tool for innovation by Sarel Oberholster   Hegelian dialectic, usually presented in a threefold manner, was stated by Heinrich Moritz Chalybäus [35] as comprising three dialectical stages of development: a thesis, giving rise to its reaction, an antithesis, which contradicts or negates the thesis, and the tension between the two being resolved by means of a synthesis. In more […]

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