Tardigrades Can Survive Almost Anything, and Now We Know How

DIGEST: [Gizmodo, Nature News] Tardigrades, or water bears, are tough little creatures. They’re only half a millimeter long fully-grown, but they can live through almost anything: temperatures as low as -458 degrees Fahrenheit or as high as 300 degrees, pressures six times greater than those in the deepest ocean trenches, extraordinary amounts of radiation, even … Continued

A Breakthrough in the Search for a Cure for ALS Could Change Our Understanding of “Genetic” Diseases

[DIGEST: New York Times, Washington Post, Hopkins Medicine] We like to think that disease is simple. Medical researchers and molecular biologists know better, of course, but that rarely filters out into our broader cultural imagination. The popular press is filled with stories about toxins or disease-causing genes because we want simple answers to complicated questions. … Continued

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