Features the most insightful and informative videos on all areas of the sciences, history, philosophy, and the arts, with an additional focus on the values of Humanism, Freethought and methodological Skepticism.
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Can Gene Therapy Cure Blindness?
Over the past decade, researches have been testing gene therapy on blind dogs in attempt to restore vision. Earlier this week, six patients in Oxford had this same treatment done, and they’re reportedly cured! Join Trace as he shines some light on the steps scientists have taken to get to this point, and questions if gene therapy can ultimately be the cure for blindness!
via DNews Channel.
Why RNA is Just as Cool as DNA
DNA is always hogging the limelight. We’re here to tell you why RNA is just as important (and as cool) as DNA! We’ll compare and contrast RNA with DNA and also talk about the three types of RNA. This video sets the stage for protein synthesis.
via Amoeba Sisters.
Where Did We All Come From? Tracing Human Migration Using Genetic Markers
Presented by Professor Moses Schanfield.
Of all species on the face of the earth, humans are the most disperse, in that they occupy the most diverse eco-systems present on all large land masses and most large islands.
In recent time, much work has been done using maternally inherited mitochondrial DNA, and non-recombinant Y (NRY) chromosome markers to map human migration and ancestry. In addition, large numbers of other DNA based markers have been used for similar purposes. However, anthropological geneticists have been looking at human migration and ancestry for as long as there have been genetic markers, starting with the ABO blood groups.
This talk reviews some of the realities and unrealities of ancestry testing, as done by commercial laboratories such as Ancestry.com, as well as the overall patterns of human migration and conclusions that can be made about modern humans in the last 100,000 years.
Professor Schanfield is a world authority on the genetic markers on antibodies, and has applied genetic marker testing, both protein- and DNA-based, to the study of anthropologic and forensic genetics. He was involved in some of the earliest forensic DNA cases, and has been involved in some famous forensic cases including the OJ Simpson case and the JonBenét Ramsey case. Professor Schanfield is a co-editor of the book Forensic DNA Applications: An Interdisciplinary Perspective with Professor Dragan Primorac which will be released in February 2014 by Taylor and Francis. He is currently Professor of Forensic Science and Anthropology at George Washington University.
Professor Schanfield has undergraduate and Masters Degrees in Anthropology from the University of Minnesota and Harvard University, respectively and a Ph.D in Human Genetics from the University of Michigan.
Views expressed are those of the speaker and do not necessarily represent the views of the National Capital Area Skeptics.
Are Men Going Extinct?
For 3 years now, it has been widely debated whether or not the Y chromosome will disappear. Will men cease to exist on Earth without the gene that created them? Anthony takes a look at recent findings in regards to genetics and the slow demise of the Y chromosome.
via DNews Channel.
Las mutaciones no son lo que los cristianos creacionistas, musulmanes y los vendedores de anti-ciencia quieren que usted crea. Ellas son la tercera parte del motor que mueve la evolución.
Traducción, modificación y adaptación del video original de Aronra: 8th Foundational Falsehood of Creationism. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TU-7d06HJSs
The League of Nerds - Genetic Roulette & GMOs
Myles and James sat down in the same room recently and watched an awful anti-gmo film.
The Truth About Gingers
There are many names for them, but here at SciShow we lovingly refer to them as ‘Gingers’. In this episode, Hank explains what gene is responsible for the creation of redheads.
A conversation with human geneticist and Leukemia research pioneer, Dr. Janet Rowley
Janet Rowley was an American human geneticist and the first scientist to identify a chromosomal translocation as the cause of leukemia and other cancers. She received the National Medal of Science 1998. As a medalist, this year she participated in the NMS 60th anniversary program at the National Academies of Science at which she was interviewed by Lisa-Joy Zgorski of the National Science Foundation.
via Videos at NSF.
Breaking Bio Episode 51
We chat with the inspiring Karen James: geneticist, innovator in citizen science, co-founder and director of the Beagle project, and she nearly went into space. Frankly, after we post this episode, we’re all heading out to make something of ourselves.
via Breaking Bio.
Memories Can Be Passed Down Through DNA
The premise of Assassin’s Creed is the reliving of other people’s memories stored inside DNA. Well scientists have found that in mice, it actually happens! Anthony is joined by special guest and our friend Tara Long from Hard Science to explain how this process works, and if it might apply to humans as well.
via DNews Channel.
Chromosome (24) mtDNA - Lynn Margulis and the mitochondrial DNA
When we’re born we usually inherit our father’s surname but we also inherit a rather unique type of DNA from our mothers — mitochondrial DNA. Aoife McLysaght explains how this special genetic link can be traced back to the origins of humans, and tells the story of the remarkable female scientist who figured out where our mitochondria came from in the first place.
Linda Avey on Open Science and 23andMe
A short interview with Linda Avey, co-founder of 23andMe and, more recently, Curious, Inc. Recorded in October of 2011 at the Open Science Summit, held at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, CA.
In conversation with Brian Malow.
via Science Comedian.