For a long time, people believed that the month of a person’s birth affects their destiny, that every day the stars and planets are arranged differently, and that this somehow changes the abilities and capabilities of an infant. Astronomical research has shown that celestial bodies have nothing to do with it, but some traits of health and character really do depend on someone’s date of birth. It’s all biology.
In imaginings of the future in ﬁlm and television such as Futurama or Alien, people are easily frozen for hundreds of years or placed into a state of “hypersleep” during ﬂights to distant stars. Although these stories are still ﬁctitious, somewhere on Earth several hundreds of frozen bodies are just waiting to be discovered. How does this freezing process work, and might we be able to one day bring them back to life?
From the first antibiotics to the growth of stem cells, from observing micro- organisms to the testing of new medicines — it’s all possible thanks to the Petri dish, a short, flat cylinder cove- red with a transparent lid of a cor- responding shape. This humble glass plate has its own fascinating story.
Toothy, dark blue, 5 feet in length, covered in scales, and even with legs. Have you guessed who this is? None other than our shared great-grandmother!
Of course, coelacanths, or the genus Latimeria, are not our direct ancestors, but they are still relatives of beings that first left the seas 385 million years ago and became four-legged terrestrial animals, from which we sprung. And these relatives are still alive today!