cell and molecular biology, evolution, ecology
Unraveling H7N9’s History
Unraveling H7N9’s History
Kate Yandell | Dec 30, 2014
An analysis of stored samples shows that H7N9 precursor H9N2, a virus widespread in chickens, has shown increased fitness in recent years.
Bats Make a Comeback
Bats Make a Comeback
Molly Sharlach | Dec 22, 2014
Citizen-scientist data obtained through the U.K.’s National Bat Monitoring Programme show that populations of 10 bat species have stabilized or are growing.
Behavior Brief
Behavior Brief
Molly Sharlach | Dec 18, 2014
A round-up of recent discoveries in behavior research
Iron-Ferrying Protein Impedes Pathogens
Iron-Ferrying Protein Impedes Pathogens
Molly Sharlach | Dec 15, 2014
Meningitis-causing bacteria exerted strong evolutionary pressure on an iron-binding protein in primates, a study shows.
Bird Genomes Abound
Bird Genomes Abound
Ruth Williams | Dec 11, 2014
Scientists complete the largest-ever comparative genomic study of birds.
Evolution in Oil Droplets
Evolution in Oil Droplets
Bob Grant | Dec 9, 2014
For the first time, researchers have mimicked biological evolution using chemicals instead of living organisms.
Gene Jumped to All Three Domains of Life
Gene Jumped to All Three Domains of Life
Kerry Grens | Dec 1, 2014
By horizontal gene transfer, an antibacterial gene family has dispersed to a plant, an insect, several fungi, and an archaeon.
Capsule Reviews
Capsule Reviews
Bob Grant | Dec 1, 2014
Your Atomic Self, Eureka!, A Talent for Friendship, and Undeniable
Along Came a Spider
Along Came a Spider
Jef Akst | Dec 1, 2014
Researchers are turning to venom peptides to protect crops from their most devastating pests.
Book Excerpt from <em>One Plus One Equals One</em>
Book Excerpt from One Plus One Equals One
John Archibald | Dec 1, 2014
In Chapter 7, “Green Evolution, Green Revolution,” author John Archibald describes how endosymbiosis helped color the Earth in a verdant hue.