Here’s what we’ll be talking about while we wait in line for a latte:
Are you unreasonably paranoid about germs? New proposals by the FDA may add a lot of stress to your life. The rest of us, however, should be quite happy about them.
A discussion of the ecological “ghosts” of extinct birds in the ecosystems they inhabited.
A NEW TAPIR species has been discovered. When a 100kg mammal flies under science’s radar for so long (local indigenous people knew it was different all along…) you know we have a terrible grasp of earth’s biodiversity.
This week in genetics/popular science controversies: DNA sequence motifs that regulate gene expression are found to overlap with sequences coding for proteins far more frequently than previously thought. This may explain some prominent and heretofore mysterious features of protein coding DNA. An unfortunate attempt at coining a new term (“duon”) and blundering PR campaign about the work inspire some stinging rebukes.