July 4, 2020

The Niche

Knoepfler lab stem cell blog

How to Build a Dragon

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Today’s post is a review of Unnatural Selection, the new Netflix science docuseries focused on CRISPR and other disruptive genetic and reproductive technologies. The show is an interesting mix of personalities and stories from patients, scientists, biohackers, and more. One patient thread is the story of a wonderful little boy named Jackson Kennedy. He wants to be an astronaut. He also happens to have the random misfortune of two mutant copies of a gene that together are causing him to lose his vision. Unnatural …Read More

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When you write a book like our new dragon book, as the first reviews of it start coming in you just never know what they’ll be like. When the person or outlet doing the review has a huge audience, the stakes are higher. How have the early reviews been for our new How to Build a Dragon or Die Trying book? For background, my daughter Julie and I wrote a book about how one would try to make a real, living, fire-breathing dragon. You …Read More

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This post is a recap of some major points of Game of Thrones Season 8 Episode 3 and The Battle of Winterfell. Before you go on, there are tons of SPOILERS ahead so stop and leave now if you don’t want to see them. Really, many SPOILERs so go away if you don’t want to see them! Spoilers are coming… (Note that I’ve provided an update on this post after sleeping on the episode, see more below). In the lead up to this middle …Read More

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My daughter Julie and I have written a book together entitled,  “How to Build a Dragon or Die Trying, A satirical look at cutting edge science.” The book will be out sometime in June most likely. This is a very different kind of book than my first two, Stem Cells: An Insider’s Guide and GMO Sapiens. In How to Build a Dragon we, first of all, take a satirical tone as highlighted by the subtitle. We are somewhat poking fun at science hype in …Read More