Browsing All Posts filed under »Biology«

Some Who Can’t See Believe They Can

July 23, 2017

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A blind person with visual anosognosia is completely certain he can see, despite all evidence to the contrary. At first this sounds impossible, but it's a real syndrome. A person with it is blind but does not know it: As far as their self-awareness is concerned, they think they can see perfectly. [art link] Anton-Babinski […]

How Did Cancer Drugs Accidentally Reverse Gray Hair?

July 21, 2017

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Gray hair may be optional once we learn how a few immunotherapy drugs miraculously turned back the biological clock for several cancer patients. Cancer patients' gray hair unexpectedly turned youthfully dark while taking novel drugs, and it has doctors scratching their heads. Chemotherapy is notorious for making hair fall out, but the 14 patients involved […]

Everyone … is Really a Genetic Mutant

July 20, 2017

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Not all DNA mutations result in visible differences like the "wolfman syndrome," but every human has ~70 to 200 random genetic mutations. This means you are a mutant, (congratulations,) and so are all of your human relatives, meaning everyone alive today. Depending on what mutations happened in the random luck of the draw during your […]

Your Brain Has What Amounts to a “Sprit Eject” Button 

July 18, 2017

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If someone zaps a certain area in your brain, you will experience floating out of your body. A similar effect can be obtained by transferring your self awareness into another person or object by hijacking your brain’s “this is me” body cues such as visual perception, breathing and heartbeat.  Olaf Blanke, a neurosurgeon at University […]

How Everyone Alive Now on Earth … is Your Cousin

July 15, 2017

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It is strange but verifiably true from our DNA that everyone alive has a common relative about 3,400 years ago. This makes us all cousins.  Think about it. With everyone alive being about 100th cousins, there are some shocking things you can claim that are completely true. A few examples: You and I are related […]

The Last Animal Life on Earth will be… Microscopic Bears

July 14, 2017

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Tardigrades aren’t really bears, of course, but they do resemble little eyeless bears with extra legs. It turns out they are pretty amazing, and much better than humans at survival.  Plenty of threats could wipe humans out — including climate change, nuclear war, and disease. But after we (and all other animals on the planet […]

Piglet with monkey’s face / Holoprosencephaly / Homer’s Cyclops,

July 8, 2017

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From past True Strange posts, enjoy this piglet, a curious biological anomaly. I’m surprised anyone today would try to deny a common DNA source of all life on earth. In addition to what we know about genes resulting in physical traits, it is visually obvious that animals fall into genetic groupings.  Curious locals flocked to […]

Birds Play a Drum for Love 

June 28, 2017

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Birds are not all a capella performers when it comes to musically wooing a mate. A male Australian bird has been observed to fashion a drumstick and play a rhythm on a tree while his potential mate watches and judges.  Palm cockatoos from northern Australia modify sticks and pods and use them to drum regular […]

Secret Plan to Clone Salvador Dalí?

June 27, 2017

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They say it’s about a paternity case, but the genetic material to soon be collected might be secretly used to clone the long dead surrealist painter. In a surreal turn, a judge in Madrid ordered that Salvador Dalí’s body — interred for nearly three decades — be exhumed after a 61-year-old Spanish woman claimed the […]

Beating Lyme Disease, An Evidence-Based Approach

June 21, 2017

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Hidden Lyme disease is huge and growing problem. Since tests for the infection are not conclusive for reasons you will read below, you can try a Lyme and co-infection elimination test, keeping a regular honest daily journal of times you take things and times you have symptoms. With a few caveats, elimination of symptoms will […]

Goat born without eyes and with ‘human lips’

June 19, 2017

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It’s a sad comment on humanity that anything different is branded as “evil.” A goat branded “evil” by villagers after it was born with no eyes and ‘human-like lips’ will be hand-reared by a kind hearted farmer. The farmer, known as V Chandra, admitted he was shocked when he saw the newborn animal for the […]

Conjoined Twin Porpoises Caught in the North Sea

June 14, 2017

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Scientists in the Netherlands have reported the first known sighting of conjoined twin porpoises. The animals were dead when fishers in the North Sea caught them in a net.   The porpoises were male babies, their age clear by their not-yet-firm dorsal fin, small hairs on their upper jaws and an open umbilicus from where […]

PTSD Treatment: Injection in Neck Resets Nervous System

June 12, 2017

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Would you take a needle in the neck for 30 minutes to stop reliving trauma like a loved one’s violent death? I might. A ‘stellate ganglion block’ is an injection of anesthetic into a nerve cluster called the stellate ganglion, which connects the brain to the body This nerve cluster is key for controlling our […]

One time therapy could ‘turn off’ severe allergies for life

June 4, 2017

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When the body learns to attack something with what is called the adaptive immune system, it typically retains the memory of what it will attack for life. This is part of the theory behind vaccines which makes them work. With parts that are not dangerous but are from a dangerous organism, you can teach the […]

Deep Sea Find: A Faceless Fish

May 31, 2017

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A mysterious fish with no face has been rediscovered after more than 100 years. Researchers in Australia have discovered a bizarre “faceless” deep-sea fish — last seen over 100 years ago. The roughly 15-inch long fish, officially known as a Faceless Cusk, was rediscovered over the weekend more than 13,000 feet deep in waters south […]

Gene Therapy Brings Hearing to Deaf Mice 

May 30, 2017

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This is an exciting area of research. I hope we aren’t far from restoring human hearing with it. In the summer of 2015, a team at Boston Children’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School reported restoring rudimentary hearing in genetically deaf mice using gene therapy. Now the Boston Children’s research team reports restoring a much higher […]

Mystery Answered by Drones: Narwhal Tusks a Fishing Tool

May 14, 2017

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Narwhals use their tusks to stun Atlantic cod when fishing, as can be seen in this drone video. Drone footage has revealed one of the ways narwhals use their tusks. The footage showed them being used as a weapon to slap and stun Arctic cod while hunting. … The remoteness of where narwhals live, and […]

Breakthrough: Old mice made young with cell-penetrating peptide

April 7, 2017

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An amazing peptide drug that induces the death of senescent cells which cause aging is named FOXO4-DRI.  Researchers designed a cell-penetrating peptide (CPP) called FOXO4-DRI that selectively targeted senescent cells for apoptosis and restored function in tissues affected by chemotherapy and aging. … Authors observed an interaction between FOXO4 and p53—a protein that regulates apoptosis […]

Consciousness on-off switch discovered deep in brain

April 6, 2017

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We don’t yet know how consciousness really works, but we can do some very interesting things with it by interacting with the brain. For example, we can reliably make people unconscious with drugs. One of the drugs anesthesiologists use to put people under during surgery, propofol, synchronizes parts of the brain, making different areas fire at […]

Scientists Use Spinach Leaves to Make Heart Tissue

April 6, 2017

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A recent breakthrough uses modified spinach leaves to feed and grow human heart cells. Dispite some headlines, they aren’t combining plant and human DNA or turning spinach cells into human heart cells. Spinach has long been understood to be good for your heart. But researchers have demonstrated that some day spinach could actually be your […]

Engineered Microbe Makes Fuel From CO2

March 28, 2017

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We know that CO2 in the atmosphere lets sun in, but traps the resulting heat that tries to leave the earth. This warms the planet. As CO2 and other greenhouse gases increase, so does the overall temperature. A warmer planet is not a problem, until the extra heat starts to change other things, eventually making […]

Video: People with extra body parts

March 22, 2017

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Video removed. When I viewed it, it was work safe and there was not the thumbnail image of a woman holding a sex toy in each hand with the title “two vaginas.”  This web site is intended for all ages. My apologies. I hate YouTube at times. Previous post: This video is pretty interesting. How […]

Study: Nose shape is from your ancestor’s climate

March 17, 2017

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I wondered what might cause upturned noses evolutionarily and how I feel about people who have nose jobs as I read the article below. If you love (or hate) your nose, you can thank wherever your ancestors decided to settle. Noses evolved into shapes that were conducive to local climates, according to a new study published […]

The Body’s Newly Recognized “79th” Organ

March 8, 2017

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The mesentery, which connects your intestine to your abdomen, is one continuous, highly functional and newly recognized organ, the 79th according to the article below. Siri says there are 67 organs. There are approximately 79 organs, though there is no standard definition of what constitutes an organ and some tissue groups’ status as one is […]

Microsoft to Store (lots of) Data on DNA

March 5, 2017

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Many years ago I hacked my first Macintosh’s OS to make the display read something like “10 of 10 Yottabytes free of Molecular Memory.” It seems my idea had merit. (Hacker News) Do you know – 1 Gram of DNA Can Store 1,000,000,000 Terabyte of Data for 1000+ Years.  Just last year, Microsoft purchased 10 […]

Cancer treatment success with genetic modification of T-cells

March 1, 2017

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Some good news on the cancer research front. An experimental gene therapy that turns a patient’s own blood cells into cancer killers worked in a major study, with more than one-third of very sick lymphoma patients showing no sign of disease six months after a single treatment, Kite Pharma Inc. said Tuesday. In all, 82% […]