Month: July 2016


Propylene oxide and the start of life on Earth

In the post The Truth About the Apollo Lunar Samples we were introduced to the "lefty" and "righty" qualities of amino acids, on earth and in space. We learned why the Apollo Lunar Samples taken decades ago were found to have small quantities of amino acids that paralleled those found on Earth. But we did not explore why the "lefty" orientation of the majority of o...

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Introducing the National Microbiome Initiative

A little over 6 weeks ago the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) announced the creation of the National Microbiome Initiative. The purpose of this initiative is to advance microbiome research to "aid in the development of useful applications in areas such as health care, food production, and environmental restoration" (1). What is a Microbio...

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