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The Design Packed Into a Fruit Fly

The most amazing animals of all may be the tiniest. Consider how much bio-technology has to fit into the head of a fruit fly.

The Problem with Males: Y-Chromosome Degeneration

Because there is no backup Y-chromosome, genes on the Y chromosome usually undergo a process of degeneration.

Design in Tiny Fruit Flies

Among the smallest of flyers, these amazing insects pack incredible technology into a tiny package.

This Is Not Evolution

Evidence often comes with a Darwin label, but let the buyer beware.

Cat Whiskers and Narwhal Tusks: Why Things Are

In the animal world, unique features often have well-designed functions.

Weekend Grab Bag

Here are links to recent science findings and claims sure to stimulate thinking and further research.

Rethinking Parasitism

Parasitism is bad. Parasitism is evil. Parasites wage war against innocent hosts. This is our mindset. What if parasites can do good? This change of heart seems to be happening for one case, the case of transposable genetic elements. If they are only doing harm to the host, why did some biologists find that “positive selection” seems to be maintaining them? That makes it sound like the cells need them.
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