Articles (Genetics)

A Brief History of the Banana
(Agriculture, Food, and Nutrition)

Most of us cannot imagine the world without the banana; it is one of the globe’s most favorite fruits. In 2019 alone, over 115 million tonnes of bananas were produced.

Better Genes for More Crops
(Agriculture, Food, and Nutrition)

Gene editing in plants aims to increase their nutritional value and fruit size, as well as enhance their ability to resist diseases and pests, and prolonging their shelf life.


The Return of the Woolly Mammoth
(Life Sciences)

Scientists claim that the dream of resurrecting extinct animals may very likely come true. Will the woolly mammoth walk the Earth again?


Reflections on the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020: Are Champions Born or Made?
(Science and Sports)

Is achieving athletic excellence all about commitment to long hours of non-stop exercise? No, it is not.


When Death is Essential
(Good and Evil)

There are a lot of death forms inside our bodies as we live. This death, on the cellular level, is essential for life!


A Sugar Free World (1): The Dangers of Excess Sugar Intake
(Health and the Human Body)

"We consume too much sugar!" You must have heard this statement before; it is worth hearing over and over again.

Using DNA for Data Storage
(Technology and Inventions)

With the highly accelerated rates of data, it is expected that data storage devices will not be able to cope with these rates, and an alternative must be found.

Human Colors
(Life Sciences)

 Anthropologists and biologists place all races in existence today as a single species, which points to the fact that the differences  between human races are not really all that great.


DNA Microchips
(Life Sciences)

DNA microchips, also known as microarrays, are strong bases generally made of glass or silicon, upon which the DNA is added in an orderly way.

CRISPR and the Age of the Genetically Modified Human
(Life Sciences)

The possibility of successfully creating a genetically-modified human is no longer science fiction. Thanks to a new targeted gene modification technology known as CRISPR.


How Genes Affect Your Eating Habits
(Life Sciences)

Food is the fuel for our body to move, feel warm, and practice different activities, and that our biological systems need to function. 


Genes and Epigenes
(Life Sciences)

Everyday scientists learn more about the regulation of gene expression (gene activity). Your genome is like a huge piano keyboard that contains more than 20,000 keys.


Do the Twist!
(The Scientist Inside You)

DNA is an organic chemical of complex molecular structure found in all living cells; it codes genetic information allowing the transmission of inherited traits.


Gene Therapy
(Life Sciences)

Gene therapy is an exploratory treatment, which aims at curing genetic diseases and repairing defective genes through DNA. 

Oswald Avery: The Unsung Genetics Genius
(The People of Science: Scientists and Inventors)

If you are a loyal fan of our popular science magazine SCIplanet—the Autumn 2016 issue* in particular—you may think we have already tackled all DNA pioneers.

Barbara McClintock: A Groundbreaking Genetics Genius
(The People of Science: Scientists and Inventors)

Barbara McClintock revolutionized the field of plant genetics, receiving the Nobel Prize in Physiology in 1983 for discovering “mobile genetic elements”. The science of genetics, to which McClintock made groundbreaking contributions, both experimental and conceptual, has come to dominate all of the biological sciences; from molecular biology, through cell and developmental biology, to medicine and agriculture.


About Us

SCIplanet is a bilingual edutainment science magazine published by the Bibliotheca Alexandrina Planetarium Science Center and developed by the Cultural Outreach Publications Unit ...
Continue reading

Contact Us

P.O. Box 138, Chatby 21526, Alexandria, EGYPT
Tel.: +(203) 4839999
Ext.: 1737–1781
Email: COPU.editors@bibalex.org

Become a member

© 2021 | Bibliotheca Alexandrina