A blue family

By Grant Jacobs 17/03/2012

It‘s too late tonight to work on an article for this blog.*

In place of an article of my own, I would encourage readers to try this excellent long-form article about a Kentucky family that was blue.

Not sad, nor another case of overdoing the colloidal silver,** but a family with a genetic disorder, methemoglobinemia. It’s well worth reading. (You’ll need to skip one of those annoying adverts; just click it away.)


* I’ve been working on a piece for the Nature Soapbox Science blog; more on that when it appears.

** An alternative ‘remedy’ aimed at preventing illness on the basis that silver has anti-bacterial properties. Those who persist with this remedy develop argyria – as the silver accumulates in the body skin exposed to the sun turns grey-blue.

Other (older) articles on Code for life:

Monkey business, or is my uncle also my Dad? For male pygmy marmosets, their genetic father could be their uncle. Confused? Check it out.

Deleting a gene can turn an ovary into a testis in adult mammals I was startled to learn that ovaries may not be permanently defined to be ovaries in some adult mammals.

Aww, crap. Some pitcher plants have adapted to be tree-shrew toilets…

Finding platypus venom Researchers cleverly did not extract the venom, but created the venoms by comparing the platypus genome with known venomous proteins and expressing the genes that matched. (One of my favourites articles.)

Minorities, disabilities and scientists The silly pictures were fun. Hearing aids like you’ve never seen…

Temperature-induced hearing loss A few rare individuals have temperature-sensitive hearing, losing it when they have a high body temperature.