Every Friday at Nothing in Biology Makes Sense! our contributors pass around links to new scientific results, or science-y news, or videos of adorable wildlife, that they’re most likely to bring up while waiting in line for a latte.
To get this weeks coffee break started, Amy brings us a post about the Paleo diet. A new book by Marlene Zuk aims to show that the Paleo diet is a misinterpretation of evolution.
Jeremy takes the time this week to wonder about the effect on sea level if all the ships in the ocean were removed. Alternatively, XKCD also wondered what would happen if you removed all the sponges.
Sarah stumbled upon this gem of a PDF book which will hopefully prove useful as she transitions from student to post doc. She also brings up the potentially scary idea that you may not own your own DNA. At least if the current patent situation remains upheld. What happens if a company can own a 15-base pair fragment of DNA?
CJ continues the discussion on DNA with an article on the recent sequencing of the HeLa genome and the continued controversy regarding the ownership and publication of an individuals genome. We continue to venture on into a strange new world with these issues.