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Return of the M.Leprae

Mycobacterium leprae, aka Leprosy, has long been on the epidemiological back-burner, but recent findings of a genetic mutation suggest it may be time to pay attention to our ancient fiend.

It only took roughly 3,000 years, but it has finally happened.  Mycobacterium leprae, aka Leprosy, has long been on the epidemiological back-burner, but recent findings of a genetic mutation suggest it may be time to pay attention to our ancient fiend.  An ambitious group of scientists have made it their mission to sequence and study 154 global strains. Hansen’s disease, as Leprosy is commonly known as, is an infection that dates back to Asia in 1,000 BCE.

Generation Regeneration

Axolotl genome sequencing leads to better understanding of regenerative genes.

Comics and video games were a staple in my childhood. Many lunch table talks turned into who was the coolest super hero or who had the best powers, and how did Batman afford all that cool gear. No matter who or what anyone threw out there, I would always come back to my main man Wolverine. His admantium skeleton, retractable claws, healing factor and overall badassness made Wolverine reign supreme.

Domo Arigato, Mr. Roboto

Fabio, the first robot grocer, may not last long.

Imagine grocery shopping with your child; they run around to a neighboring aisle and you hear them talking to what seems to be an exuberant clerk. Ninety-nine percent of the time you would scurry around the corner and see flesh, blood, and a color clashing uniform, hopefully about to hand you a slice of Land O’Lakes American Cheese cut just the way you like it. If you were a recent customer in Scotland’s supermarket Margiotta this may have not been the case.

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