These days we are facing an outbreak of disease around the world that is believed to be originated from a seafood market—which also sells wild animals—in Wuhan, one of the central Chinese cities. It is caused by a novel coronavirus which didn’t have a name until recently – Covid-19.
Everyone has seen movies and series in which actors in lab coats shake a test tube with colored liquid, boldly press the enter button and an entire analysis report magically appears in front of their nose. The reality, however, is different. Take chemical analysis for example. Chemists in the lab must do a number of testing before they can make a viable conclusion. And it is not a press-a-button job.
Adverts propagate the idea that killer germs are on the loose and that we have to protect ourselves and our loved ones by purchasing cleaning products with antibacterials that kill 99.9 percent of bacteria and viruses in our home. What advertisers left unsaid is that regular soap does just as good job, only it won’t harm you or the environment in the process.
Have you ever witnessed an event where the water starts to boil rapidly at a single point so it looks like an explosion? Buckle up, because the science behind this event will make you fall off your chair.
In the previous post, we discussed DNA more on the molecular level, but we didn’t talk much about the biological role of DNA. Now, the story continues, and it will be told from a different point of view.
The information in DNA is stored as a code made up of four chemical bases: adenine (A), guanine (G), cytosine (C), and thymine (T). Human DNA consists of about 3 billion bases, and more than 98 percent of those are the same in all people.