Many biologics, a class of drugs used for immunotherapy, are created from cells from Chinese hamster ovaries youtube.com/watch?v=_8h1H…
A biosimilar is a biologic medical product highly similar to another already approved biological medicine. Biosimilars are approved according to the same standards of pharmaceutical quality, safety and efficacy that apply to all biological medicines. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bio…
Groundwater systems extend far out into the oceans. It is like having pools of fresh water in oceans. These low salinity aquifers affect the chemical and biologic process in the waters around them and these in turn regulate nutrient fluxes crucial for global carbon cycling. nature.com/articles/s4159…
Today I learned of a horse named Jim who was used to make diptheria anti-toxin. One day Jim got tetanus and by the time anyone noticed 12 children who received his serum had died, leading to the creation of the 1902 Biologics Control Act. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jim…
Genetic testing through ancestry.com has helped adopted persons find their biologic parents and relatives blogs.ancestry.com/ancest…
Today I learned of the FDA Office of Orphan Products Development (OOPD) whose "mission is to advance the evaluation and development of products (drugs, biologics, devices, or medical foods) that demonstrate promise for the diagnosis and/or treatment of rare diseases or conditions." fda.gov/ForIndustry/Devel…
Formaldehyde is so dangerous to children that Minnesota has passed a law banning manufacturers from using it....excluding food, beverage, dietary supplement, pharmaceutical product or biologic, or children's toys. legiscan.com/MN/text/HF45…
In 2014 and 2019 an environmental group, the Center for Biological Diversity, wanted to introduce grizzly bears into Arizona, including Grand Canyon. The reintroduction of grizzly bears to the greater Southwest would’ve helped control prey population and sustain the health of deer and elk herds. ktar.com/story/2632453/co…
Prior to making Finding Nemo, Pixar's in-house art team was required to take Marine Biology, Oceanography, Ichthyology, and Scuba Diving Classes in order to get the look & feel of the characters and their world just right. mentalfloss.com/article/6…
No matter the language, we all exchange information at 39 bits/second, suggesting a biological limit. Languages that are lower information density are spoken fast (Spanish & Japanese) while denser languages are spoken more slowly (Thai, Vietnamese, Chinese). advances.sciencemag.org/c…
Ancient Aliens is an idea that aliens visited Earth in antiquity and prehistoric times. Supporters argue this influenced the development of culture, technology, religion and biology. The idea is not taken seriously by academics. Ancient carvings are often cited as evidence for this idea. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anc…
A study showing that the malaria mosquito is equally attracted to the smell of Limburger cheese and to the smell of human feet won the Ig Nobel Prize in biology in 2006. thelancet.com/journals/la…
Steve Jobs’s only biological sibling is novelist Mona Simpson. Homer Simpsons’s mother, Mona Simpson was named after her - by her husband, Richard Appel, who was a Simpsons writer monasimpson.com/about-mon…
Musth is a biological condition affecting all adult male elephants which occurs 2-3 months each year making them sexually hyperactive. Their testosterone levels are 60 times the usual and they attempt to show their dominance over other male elephants and cause rampage. shentonsafaris.com/blog/m…
A 60 years old Japanese Truck Driver found out he was accidentally switched at birth in 1953 at San Ikukai Hospital in Tokyo. His biological parents are rich family & the infant who took his place grew up to be the Head of a Real Estate company. Meanwhile he was raised by a poor single mother. independent.co.uk/news/wo…
Sean Astin (Samwise Gamgee) was raised by John Astin (Gomez Addams from The Addams Family sitcom) But DNA paternal testing between John and two other men twenty-six years after Sean's birth -- John Astin was proven not to be Sean Astin's biological Father. news.amomama.com/189964-m…
Bruce Alberts, editor of Science Magazine and the landmark Molecular Biology of the Cell textbook, failed his Ph.D. oral exam. journals.plos.org/plosgen…
Today I learned about the Rare Earth Hypothesis, which argues that the origin of life and the evolution of biological complexity on Earth required an improbable combination of events and circumstances. It rejects the Mediocrity Principle, which argues that the existence of life on Earth is nothing special. planetary-science.org/ast…
Today I learned about Operation Whitecoat, a medical research program by the U.S. Army that allowed conscientious objectors to the Vietnam War to be infected with bacteria that were considered likely choices for a biological attack to test antibiotics. It ended, along with the draft, in 1973. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ope…
Today I learned of Zoya Tuganova of Chelyabinsk Russia. She gave birth in Jan.1987, but her child got swapped with a baby from an ethnic Muslim Bashkir family. It took thirty (30) years before she tracked her biological daughter, who was raised in poverty by an alcoholic Mother & a Father who served jail time. siberiantimes.com/other/o…
Today I learned about Margaret Cochran a woman that fought in the American war of independence while disguised as a man. She was also the first woman to receive a military pension. womenshistory.org/educati…
Some lichens are able to fix nitrogen. Cyanobacteria in nitrogen fixing lichens can transform nitrogen gas into a biologically useful form. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lic…
, William Harvey (1578-1657), an English physician discovered the circulation of blood when it was believed that blood oscillated in the body. For his idea, he was ridiculed and was called a "circulator". But after his death, his idea was accepted as a biological fact. ahajournals.org/doi/full/…
Young boys who were vocally talented used to be castrated in order to keep their singing talent. This would prevent them from sexually maturing en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cas…
The earliest known incident of biological warfare occurred around the 1330s BCE when the Hittites intentionally sent disease-ridden donkeys and rams to a civilization they wanted to attack in order to weaken their enemies abc.net.au/science/articl…
Since the Gulf War in 1991, when Israel was attacked by Iraqi Scud missiles, all homes in Israel are required to have a reinforced security room, Merkhav Mugan, impermeable to chemical and biological substances. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mer…
Japan was planning to use plague as a biological weapon against San Diego, California, during WWII, but the atom bomb attacks on Hiroahima and Nagasaki ended the war five weeks before its scheduled date (Sept 22, 1945). npr.org/2011/04/25/135638…
There is no such thing as a vegetable in biology. What we call vegetables are really just parts of plants. Asparagus is the stalk of a plant. Broccoli is the flower of a plant, etc. popula.com/2019/02/20/veg…
Today I learned about John Gurdon, who was ranked last out of 250 boys in his year group in Biology and in a progress report, his teacher said that pursuing Biology for him would be a "waste of time, for him and those who have to teach him". In 2012, John Gurdon won the Nobel Prize for Physiology and Medicine telegraph.co.uk/news/scie…
Lizards in areas hit by hurricanes have evolved grippier, bigger toe pads in order to hang on against high winds, even within one generation. Researchers studied 188 anole lizard species in 70 years of hurricane data. In areas spared by hurricanes, lizard toe pads were smaller. smithsonianmag.com/smart-…
The River Thames is one of the cleanest Rivers in the world that flows through a major city, after being declared biologically dead 50 years ago mylondon.news/news/zone-1…
In medieval times, corpses of sick people were used as catapult ammunition, as a form of biological weapon. sciencedirect.com/science…
Female muscle stem cells are better than their male counterparts at regenerating lost muscle. ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/arti…
Because of a botched surgery intended to repair a severely perforated eardrum, that actually caused permanent inner ear damage, Stephen Colbert wasn't able to scuba dive for a marine biology job he wanted which pushed him to comedy. The damage to his eardrum also left him deaf in his right ear. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ste…
In early 1900s an italian radiologist Alessandro Vallebona invented the tomography imaging technique which is the basis for CT ,MRI and PET scans, and it's is also used fields of archaeology, biology, atmospheric science, geophysics, materials science, astrophysics . en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tom…
John Astin (Gomez Addams in The Adams Family) is the adopted father of Sean Astin. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sea…
In 2003, Dutchman Kees Moeliker won the Ig Nobel Prize for Biology after writing a paper on "the first case of homosexual necrophilia [by a mallard]" after watching a duck die after crashing into his window, only for its corpse to be "raped almost continually for 75 mins" by another duck. hetnatuurhistorisch.nl/fi…
A British physician published a book in 1924 arguing that Down Syndrome cases in Caucasians were the result of distant ancestors having interbred with Mongols. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
Functioning β€˜mechanical gears’ were seen in nature for the first time. Previously believed to be only man-made, a natural example of a functioning gear mechanism has been discovered in a common insect - showing that evolution developed interlocking cogs long before we did. cam.ac.uk/research/news/f…
Today I learned about the "whale pump". Whales tend to defecate in surface waters; additionally the feces tend to float. Whales feed at deeper levels of the ocean where krill is found. The fecal action of whales thus reverses the usual flow of nutrients of the ocean's "biological pump" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wha…
The Mongols would catapult the dead bodies of soldiers infected by the bubonic plague over city walls during sieges. This was one of the earliest known accounts of biological warfare. historycollection.co/mong…
The inventor of the cereal Apple Jacks is currently a professor of biological engineering at MIT and invented the cereal as a summer intern mcardle.wisc.edu/william-…
Today I learned of β€œtooth-in-eye” surgery to restore a patient’s sight with their tooth. A tooth and surrounding bone is removed, a hole is drilled, and a plastic lens is inserted. The lens-tooth structure is implanted into the patient’s cheek, where it grows new blood vessels, then it is implanted in the eye. rnib.org.uk/nb-online/too…
In biology, regeneration is the process of renewal, restoration, and tissue growth that makes genomes, cells, organisms, and ecosystems resilient to natural fluctuations or events that cause disturbance or damage. Every species is capable of regeneration, from bacteria to humans. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reg…
There is a plane that flies above Los Angeles every single day releasing thousands of sterile fruit flies from 2,000ft in the air to combat the invasive Mediterranean Fruit Fly. Up to 125,000 flies per square mile are released each week in what’s called β€œbiological birth control” cdfa.ca.gov/plant/PDEP/pr…
The Mongol Empire was one of the first to use biological warfare by catapulting diseased cadavers over the walls into their enemy’s city. britannica.com/technology…
Recent research suggests that phytochemicals, which are found in plants and which are biologically active in the human body, should be consumed from whole foods such as fruits and vegetables. Their health benefits are either very limited or absent when consumed as a pill or a plant extract. academic.oup.com/ajcn/art…
Steve Jobs often went to his biological father's Mediterranean restaurant in San Jose and even shook his hand. At the time, his dad didn't know that Jobs was the baby he gave away for adoption, and Jobs didn't know that he was his father. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mon…
Russia has an extremely long and sophisticated history of secret biological weapons development, including using such weapons. factsanddetails.com/russi…
The Japanese were planning a biological warfare attack on San Diego, California before the atomic bombs forced them to surrender in WWII visitpearlharbor.org/the-…
Some bacteria can move twice as fast as a cheetah in terms of body length per second and have biological motors that can rotate up to 17000 RPM. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fla…
No living things in the natural world are known to have evolved wheels to move around. Some move around by rolling, but there are some biological barriers to developing wheels. simple.wikipedia.org/wiki…
Dexter Holland, lead singer of Offspring, was valedictorian of his school and had a masters in molecular biology before the band became famous. He since earned his PhD and published a paper on the use of computational molecular biological approaches to identify microRNA sequences in HIV en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dex…
Out of the 36 United States presidents who ever had biological children, 19 lost a child in infancy or early childhood. The list includes George H.W. Bush, Ronald Reagan, and John F. Kennedy. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…

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