DNA Mosaicism

“With recent advances in genome-wide assays, it is becoming increasingly apparent that a human individual is made up of a population of cells, each with its own “personal” genome. Thus, mosaicism is perhaps much more common within multicellular organisms than our limited genomic assays have detected thus far, and may represent the rule rather than […]

On Canada Goose (and slaughterings)

“Summertime is almost here, which, for New York City’s goose population, means it’s molting season. Ordinarily, it’s a time for the birds to shed their wing and tail feathers and grow new ones in preparation for migration. But since 2009, when a gaggle of migratory geese led to the “Miracle on the Hudson” emergency plane […]

Of Mice and Men

“Meaney pursued the question of individual differences by studying how the rearing habits of mother rats caused lifelong changes in their offspring. Research dating back to the 1950s had shown that rats handled by humans for as little as five to 15 minutes per day during their first three weeks of life grew up to […]

Exotic Meat

“It’s no surprise that in this information age, when consumers are able to be much more discerning than ever before, the demand for exotic meats is exploding. ExoticMeats.Com is part of a national market that has seen annual sales skyrocket from about $110 million to more than $340 million in only a few short years. […]

Views of Paradise

A World Atlas of the Artificial Environments of Zoological Gardens by Frederico Câmara “Zoological gardens were created for the appreciation of animals and plants foreign to Europe; brought from the colonial territories that were then considered exotic to European taste. They occupy an ambiguous position in society, as both a space of protection and a […]