Browsing the "RNA" Tag

In Search of Ancient Alien Microbes & the Origin of Life [Commentary]

March 8th, 2011 | by Michael Ricciardi

I will admit, there is a strange awe and "coolness" to such fringe theories; they are intriguing and evoke a sense of cosmic mystery. And even a respected scientist can fall under their speculative spells. It is possible that Life did originate far off Earth (glycine, an amino acid, has been found in comet dust), or, by meddling extraterrestrials. How marvelous to contemplate! But it need not be so mundane an alternative to look for Life's origin here on Earth, where it most likely has its home. The Earth is an amazing planet! It produces amazing lifeforms (including us) that command our admiration and awe... and our science. How marvelous to live on such a planet


Mystery of Honey Bee Colony Collapse Solved

October 9th, 2010 | by Michael Ricciardi

A collaborative genetic analysis between civilian entomologists and military scientists has at last revealed the true cause of Colony Collapse Disease which has been decimating honeybee hives in the US, Europe and Asia since



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