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Wes Dingman

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Capacity of our senses | Notes from Planet Earth

The tremendous capacity of our senses to discriminate what’s going on around us is not often something we take the time to think about.

Three-parent children | Notes from Planet Earth

It is now possible for a child to have three parents: One parent, a male, contributing half of a full nuclear genome via a sperm by means of in vitro fertilization, the second parent, a female, contributing the other half of a full nuclear genome using just the cell nucleus from one of her egg cells

The Elixir of youth | Notes from Planet Earth

Ponce de León may have been born 500 years too soon if some of the recent research in mice is confirmed and holds true for humans as well.

Crafty parasites | Notes from Planet Earth

Our general understanding of parasites is that they are generally small organisms that infect specific animals or plants.

Glacial/interglacial cycles | Notes from Planet Earth

Glacial/interglacial cycles, at least those that have occurred over the past million years, have been considered to be largely the result of the natural increases and declines in solar radiation striking the higher latitudes on Earth (those regions closer to the North and South Poles).

Personhood for Chimps? | Notes from the Planet Earth

Recently filed lawsuits, in three New York counties, have the potential to interrupt a variety of biomedical research programs.

Cooperators and Defectors | Notes from Planet Earth

Cooperation among individuals in human societies is well known.

Does Capitalism Have a Nature? | Notes from Planet Earth

In my June 2012 column I asked “Does Capitalism Have a Nature?” because, if it did, perhaps it might be mutable just as are other forms of life.

Notes from Planet Earth

Health Check for Our Nation

Notes from Planet Earth

Not so Lady-like Ladybugs

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