GEN videos are informative, entertaining, and encompass all aspects of biotechnology.
Labs Make Beautiful Music
This video from Life Technologies was created using 31 common lab sounds from five continents and a total of nine labs.
Scientific studies have linked the ability to speak backwards with working memory through genetic mutation.
Chikungunya Virus Contracted in U.S. for First Time
While the mosquito-borne virus has spread throughout Central American and the Caribbean, it's only in southern U.S. states so far.
Is Fluoride in Drinking Water Safe?
Fluoride is found in our tap water, toothpaste, and tea. It's helped fight cavities in children for decades. 70 years after Grand Rapids, Michigan, became the first city to fluoridate its drinking water, the practice remains controversial. Some still worry that fluoridated drinking water can lead to health issues. What is the scientific consensus?
Paving Roads with Pig Manure
A new replacement for petroleum is coming from an unlikely source, i.e., pig manure. It turns out that pig waste is particularly rich in oils that are very similar to petroleum. And while these oils are too low grade to produce gasoline, they may still work where the rubber meets the road.
Sparklers are a classic crowd-pleaser, and this video looks at the chemistry of these July 4th mainstays in super slow-motion.
Innate Lymphoid Cells
Along with the skin, the gut mucosa represents the first line of defense against environmental factors. In the gut mucosa, a recently discovered type of lymphocytes called innate lymphoid cells (ILCs) maintain tissue homeostasis, orchestrate tolerance to food or commensal bacteria and contribute to immune responses to pathogens.
Hobbit Histories: The Origins of Homo Floresiensis
The origins of the species known as “the hobbit,” a human relative only a little over a meter tall, have been debated ever since its discovery in 2004. Now new fossils may reveal the ancestors of this strange species and help us to understand its history.
Why Do Onions Make You Cry?
Common in cuisine all around the globe, onions are renowned for their ability to make us all look like crybabies. This American Chemical Society video gets to the bottom of this teary phenomenon and reveals exactly what chemical mechanisms trigger it. The video also features a few chemistry-backed tips you can try at home to stop the tears before they start.
Is There a Reproducibility Crisis in Science?
Reproducibility is a hot topic in science at the moment, but is there a crisis? Nature asked 1,576 scientists this question as part of an online survey. Most agree that there is a crisis and over 70% said they'd tried and failed to reproduce another group's experiments.
Cancer Close-Up: Single-Cell Approach Provides Detailed Look Inside Tumors
Members of the Klarman Cell Observatory at the Broad Institute and the Joint Center for Cancer Precision Medicine (CCPM) at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and the Broad have embarked on an effort to use single-cell genome analysis to explore the diverse cellular environments of cancer tumors in finer detail than ever before. In this video, researchers involved in a pilot study that looked at melanoma – the most deadly form of skin cancer -- describe their methods, their findings, and their hopes for how their approach might inform patient care in the years to come.