Readers Scigest: 08/02/2018

By Lucy Williams

The latter part of January treated us to some exciting science.

The ‘super blue blood moon’ of January 31st was a highlight, where the moon was both at its closest point to the Earth in its orbit AND coincided with a total lunar eclipse, although this phenomenon was sadly not observable in Britain.

In other news, a DNA sequencer was used to map the whole human genome by scanning over a million DNA letters at a time; injections helped the immune systems of mice destroy their tumours; and an Orca named Wikie learned to say hello (seriously, it’s impressive)!

Photograph: Nakashi via Wikimedia Commons

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