• Question: how can you make the world a better place?

    Asked by hannahannah to Barn Owl, Brown garden snail, Common Crane, Emperor Dragonfly, Hazel Dormouse, Catshark, Scotch Thistle, St Kilda Wren on 8 Dec 2017.
    • Photo: Lesser-Spotted Catshark

      Lesser-Spotted Catshark answered on 8 Dec 2017:

      By sequencing the catshark genome we can discover the genetic basis for infinite tooth regeneration and cartilage repair and use this for treatment of human diseases which plague us in our old age like arthritis and tooth loss. It would also be quite useful for designing strategies to protect more endangered sharks around the world.

    • Photo: Hazel Dormouse

      Hazel Dormouse answered on 8 Dec 2017:

      The Hazel Dormouse has some really interesting qualities; such as the ability to peel off there skin when threatened or attacked by predators, which could provide interesting genomic data especially for anyone studying skin disorders. Folklore claims them to be anti-venomous, which is not uncommon for rodents, so that could provide information for medication. Finally, the Hazel Dormouse hibernates for over half of its life! NASA are looking into studying more about hibernation to better assist with long term space travel. The possibilities are endless 😉

    • Photo: Common Crane

      Common Crane answered on 8 Dec 2017:

      As the genius said, “If a lot of people loved each other, the world would be a better place to live”.

      Sequencing common cranes would help humans understand us better, which hopefully prevent our disappearing from the UK again and facilitate our return. This in turn will help with the nature balance and thus improve the world as a whole. Last but not least, there is always a chance of making an important discovery that might significantly help the human race.