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Philosophy v science: which can answer the big questions of life?

Philosophy v science: which can answer the big questions of life? | Life Science - Team Yuteca | Scoop.it

Philosopher Julian Baggini fears that, as we learn more and more about the universe, scientists are becoming increasingly determined to stamp their mark on other disciplines. Here, he challenges theoretical physicist Lawrence Krauss over 'mission creep' among his peers.

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Genome Brings Ancient Girl to Life | Wired Science | Wired.com

Genome Brings Ancient Girl to Life | Wired Science | Wired.com | Life Science - Team Yuteca | Scoop.it
In a stunning technical feat, an international team of scientists has sequenced the genome of an archaic Siberian girl 31 times over, using a new method that amplifies single strands of DNA.

Via Sakis Koukouvis
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Polar Bears Did Not Descend From Brown Bears, DNA Study Indicates

Polar Bears Did Not Descend From Brown Bears, DNA Study Indicates | Life Science - Team Yuteca | Scoop.it
After analyzing DNA samples from the two species, scientists reported that polar bears are not descended from brown bears.

Question: What's different about the DNA used for this study from that used in previous studies? How might different DNA yield different results? Which kind do you think is better to use and why?

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BBC NEWS | Science/Nature | Patent sought on 'synthetic life'

BBC NEWS | Science/Nature | Patent sought on 'synthetic life' | Life Science - Team Yuteca | Scoop.it
Scientists working to build a life form from scratch have applied to patent the method they plan to use.

Via Gerd Moe-Behrens
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