Virgin Births on the Rise
Week of May 24
Let’s start with a quiz! What do the water flea, the marbled crayfish and the boa constrictor have in common? No, they’re not merely the nicknames of your daughter’s high school boyfriends. All these animals can produce offspring without a fertilized egg!
This asexual reproduction, called parthenogenesis, comes from the Greek meaning "virgin birth". We’re discovering that more species are capable of this than we ever knew... More »
Maggots Gross But Effective
Week of May 17
They’re slimy, squiggly, and they eat dead tissue. But they’re not some creature from a horror movie - I’m talking about maggots. Maggots – as in the worm-like larvae of flies? Why are we talking about them? Because they’re good medicine!
They were approved as a prescriptive therapy in 2004 and have been used to cleanse wounds for thousands of years. Surgeons in Napoleon’s army noticed soldiers whose wounds were infected with maggots were more likely to survive... More »