The Evolution of Allergies, or What Doesn’t Kill You…

Originally posted on the LIFE Apps science blog... By Jordan Pennells "That which does not kill us makes us stronger" – Friedrich Nietzsche, German philosopher. Evolution of Allergies Strength is derived from adversity. This is a common idea in the science of our mental and physical health. But how true is this axiom in reality? In … Continue reading The Evolution of Allergies, or What Doesn’t Kill You…

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(Thread) Coral, microbiome & the philosophy of biological research

Read on Twitter! (1/12) V. thought provoking seminar today @TRI_info by Prof John Huss entitled ‘Ecological medicine & medical ecology’. Discussed were ecological strategies for #coralremediation and the #microbiome. But more interesting was unpacking the #philosophy of biological research!.... (2/12) The field of microbiome #research is still very young, and it’s hard to get a handle on what is established and where exactly … Continue reading (Thread) Coral, microbiome & the philosophy of biological research

How Your Gut Microbiome Unlocks the High Fiber Diet

Originally posted on the LIFE Apps science blog... By Jordan Pennells Investigation into the function and evolution of the human microbiome, our ‘old friends’ helping us unlock the nutritional benefits from a wider range of food sources, is leading to a revolutionary new understanding of the nutritional benefits of a high fiber diet. Plant fiber is … Continue reading How Your Gut Microbiome Unlocks the High Fiber Diet

Life Fast, Die Young: The Evolution of Aging

Originally posted on the LIFE Apps science blog... By Jordan Pennells To take care of your health is to delay the inevitable biological deterioration of your body, to fight against the unyielding aging process. But there’s another way to view the process of aging, if we expand the time frame from an individual’s lifetime to evolutionary time. … Continue reading Life Fast, Die Young: The Evolution of Aging

LIFE and a Love of Evolution

Originally posted on LIFE Apps science blogging platform...   G’day guys! My name is Jordan. I'm a graduate bioengineer and a first year PhD student researching sustainable plant-based nanomaterials at the Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology (AIBN). I am intensely interested in all aspects of evolution, from the origins of life, to the development of … Continue reading LIFE and a Love of Evolution

Agricultural Challenges (2)

Field Phenotyping: As agricultural output increases and there is more emphasis placed on developing drought resistance crops, the feasibility to assess crop phenotype on the farm is becoming increasingly difficult. An important component in contemporary breeding programs is not only developing genetically advanced crop varieties, but evaluating their performance when grown in the field to … Continue reading Agricultural Challenges (2)

Agricultural Challenges (1)

Gene X Environment Interaction: As discussed in a previous post, agricultural biotechnologies developed in the 1990s resulted in increased yields, but these techniques were targeted towards traits controlled by a relatively simple pathway consisting of only a handful of genes (i.e. insect and herbicide protection). However, this was not possible for complex traits such as drought resistance, which … Continue reading Agricultural Challenges (1)

Agricultural Biotechnology

As genetic fingerprinting began to develop in the 1990s, molecular breeding (using DNA markers in combination with phenotypic measures to drive the development of new crop varieties) resulted in increased yields despite the drought-inducing action of climate change. These techniques primarily involved transgenes, foreign DNA from other species that could be incorporated into the crop genome … Continue reading Agricultural Biotechnology

History of Agriculture

Origins: The inception of agriculture approximately 10,000 years ago shifted the predominant homo sapiens lifestyle from nomadic groups of hunter-gatherers, to larger social groups that 'put down roots' and formed a stable community. For the first time in history, agriculture generated a net food surplus, removing the need to follow seasonal patterns of wild plants and … Continue reading History of Agriculture