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Brewmasters Turn To DNA Analysis To Make Better Beer

Beer makers adopt a high tech solution to one of brewing’s oldest problems.

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When it comes to beer, I don’t have a particularly discerning palate. “Cold” and “not too much foam” are pretty much my only criteria for whether or not I’ll drink a pint (and even then I’m pretty flexible). But, at the end of the day, I’d like to think I have enough sense of taste to know the difference between “good” beer and “bad,” even if I couldn’t necessarily tell you why.

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This Lawmaker Wants To Legislate Against Glow-In-The-Dark People

Georgia Rep. Tom Kirby is taking the lead on the pressing issue of human/jellyfish hybrids

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Most people, no matter how many times they've read The Island of Doctor Moreau, have more pressing things to worry about than whether or not researchers could eventually augment human physiology with that of, say, a phosphorescent jellyfish. For one Georgia state lawmaker, though, the prospect of human/jellyfish cloning is so troublesome that he’s introduced legislation banning the practice long (long) before anyone (at all) even considers trying it in the first place.

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You Can Extract the DNA of a Strawberry by Making This Delicious Cocktail

Who could have guessed biology would taste this good?

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DNA is not usually the sort of thing I think of as a delicious way to relax at the end of a long day, but that’s probably because I’m not a synthetic biologist. Oliver Medvedik, on the other hand, is, and in this TED-produced video, the co-founder of New York community biolab GenSpace demonstrates how to extract the deoxyribonucleic acid from a common strawberry by making a pretty decent looking cocktail. All you need are frozen strawberries, pineapple juice, a filter, and some high-proof alcohol. It’s surprisingly simple:

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