Cerumen Core Archives

A group of researchers recently published the interesting approach of examining a large plug of ear wax (cerumen) taken from a male blue whale (Balaenoptera musculus) that had been hit by ship. By analyzing the waxy layers built up over the whale’s life, which they compare to growth rings in trees, they came up with…

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Tiny Warriors

We’ve had a previously undescribed immune system right under our noses, and we never noticed. Or rather, in our our noses and any place else we have mucus membranes. And not just humans – all animals that have mucosal surfaces, from sea anemones to humans to, presumably, gnus and geckos. Bacteriophage are viruses that infect…

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