December 1, 2020

The Niche

Knoepfler lab stem cell blog

How to Build a Dragon

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I’m doing an experiment today to see if people enjoy a mid-week splash of a few Wednesday recommended science reads and the first one collides with art. You can see Sunday’s recommended weekly reads here too. Also, be sure to visit our Facebook page if you have a moment and please like our page if you like what you see. An Artist Who Reanimates Extinct Species This is extremely cool work by artist Marguerite Humeau. It in turn reminds me of de-extinction (at least virtual …Read More

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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