Cool! That this is even possible, I figured, is related to the fact that skin epithelium and neural tissue both arise from the ectoderm, but it turns out that dermal fibroblasts (mesodermal in origin) are being converted. Even cooler?
Histology Guide – a virtual histology laboratory with zoomable images of microscope slides and electron micrographs.
Source: Histology Guide – A Virtual Histology Laboratory
People living in the Atacama desert of Chile evolved specific gene mutations over the past 7000 years that make them better at detoxifying the heavy metal
Source: Desert people evolve to drink water poisoned with deadly arsenic | New Scientist
As if we needed more evidence that cephalopods are on the verge of a global uprising that will end in humanity’s destruction, our favorite tentacled invertebrates appear to have an insane visual system that allows them to perceive color despite being technically colorblind. This, along with distributed brains and the ability to bust out of jars from the inside? We’re screwed.
Source: Octopus Eyes Are Crazier Than We Imagined
A single-celled organism discovered in chinchilla droppings is the only known eukaryotic organism that lacks mitochondria-like organelles. Christopher Intagliata reports.
Source: Microbe Breaks the Powerhouse Rules – Scientific American
“…directional light sensing is possible because Synechocystis cells act as spherical microlenses, allowing the cell to see a light source and move towards it.”