Science & Tech

DNA damage control

Science | God’s design protects newly developing egg cells
by Julie Borg
Posted 5/23/19, 12:45 pm

New research shows God designed an intricate system within our cells to prevent developing egg cells from inheriting harmful, mutant DNA.

Every cell in the human body, with the exception of red blood cells, contains tiny cellular machines called mitochondria that convert the sugar, fats, and proteins we eat into energy. But the DNA in a mother’s mitochondria can develop harmful mutations and lead to genetic diseases in her offspring.

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Unsettled science

Science | New research on the universe is shaking up old theories
by Rachel Lynn Aldrich
Posted 5/16/19, 04:42 pm

A new study published last week by a Nobel Prize–winning astrophysicist could shake up what scientists thought they knew about the origins of the universe. New research from Adam Riess of Johns Hopkins University strengthens his previous claims that the universe could be expanding faster than it used to and be much younger than mainstream scientists believed.

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No need to panic

Science | Doomsday predictions in UN environment report fall flat
by Rachel Lynn Aldrich
Posted 5/09/19, 02:55 pm

A 1,000-page report from a United Nations panel made the dire claim this week that more than 1 million of Earth’s species face extinction in the next several decades. The predictions by the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) may obscure the real work needed to protect creation and the good news about the environment.

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