Apr 13, 2012

Kepler's Search and Life as We Know It

NASA's Kepler probe has discovered 61 planets so far, searching just a small section of our galaxy--just off the upper wing of Cygnus (aka The Northern Cross and the Swan). They have a total of 2,321 planet candidates to confirm or not at this point. To learn more about Kepler, its mission and discoveries, VISIT HERE

Life comes in many forms. We have been manipulating our environment since our evolution--making better crops, domesticating animals.

Cloning--copies of DNA/cells. Why clone? Recombinant DNA technology is important for learning about other related technologies, such as gene therapy, genetic engineering of organisms, and sequencing genomes. Gene therapy can be used to treat certain genetic conditions by introducing virus vectors that carry corrected copies of faulty genes into the cells of a host organism. Genes from different organisms that improve taste and nutritional value or provide resistance to particular types of disease can be used to genetically engineer food crops. LEARN MORE

Bioengineering--manipulating DNA to make a better organism. Bioengineering is the key to sustaining the growing population on this planet, since we do not have the ability to leave Earth and colonize other planets yet. Through this discipline, we can create better food, more food, and healthier plants, animals and humans. LEARN MORE

Synthetic Biology--It encompasses a variety of different approaches, methodologies, and disciplines with a variety of definitions. The common goal is the design and construction of new biological functions and systems not found in nature. LEARN MORE

 The Backworlds Blog Tour May 7th, 2012

 If you'd like to help me get the word out of my next release, The Backworlds, I'd be most appreciative. Sign up below for the launch party, and I'll see to it you're emailed what you need to post up.Will give you a break when AtoZ ends. Post up any time the week of May 7th. And you don't have to visit anybody. The Linky link is so I can be organized.

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 2012 AtoZ Challenge hosted by Tossing It Out (Arlee Bird) Amlokiblogs (Damyanti Biswas) Alex J. Cavanaugh (Alex J. Cavanaugh) Life is Good (Tina Downey) Cruising Altitude 2.0 (DL Hammons) Retro-Zombie (Jeremy Hawkins) The Warrior Muse (Shannon Lawrence) The QQQE (Matthew MacNish) Author Elizabeth Mueller (Elizabeth Mueller) Pearson Report (Jenny Pearson) No Thought 2 Small (Konstanz Silverbow) Breakthrough Blogs (Stephen Tremp) Coming Down The Mountain (Karen Jones Gowen)

Life on other planets. Life Sciences. What do you think?