Xenophobia Will Actually Impede Human Evolution

I relish the ability to relate biology to other fields in these posts, but it’s not often that I find meaningful and relevant reasons to do so. Today is different. Having done some interesting reading this past weekend, I’ve come to realize that, politics aside, xenophobia is fundamentally bad because it actually creates evolutionary disadvantages,…

Humanity Needs GMO Foods

Originally defined by the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety, the acronym GMO stands for “genetically modified organism” and more specifically to “any living organism that possesses a novel combination of genetic material obtained through the use of modern biotechnology.” With the rise of the organic and locavore movements, GMO foods have faced harsh criticism. Organic, local…

Welcome to the Anthropocene

The Holocene was the most recent epoch in the history of the world. It began 11,700 years ago when glaciers from the last Ice Age began to retreat. This paved the way for organized farming, which in turn led to the dawn of civilization. From there, humanity prospered. We developed medicine and transportation, we mused…