DNA, microbiology, genetics & genomics
Flower Barcodes
Jef Akst | Jun 28, 2012
Wales creates a database of DNA barcodes for all of its native flowering plants, hoping to guide conservation and drug development efforts.
Nanoparticles Prevent Disease
Edyta Zielinska | Jun 22, 2012
Medical devices coated with selenium nanoparticles reduce the growth of a deadly hospital-borne infection.
Roundup from Microbiology Meeting
Edyta Zielinska | Jun 21, 2012
Some of the interesting stories researchers were discussing at this year’s American Society of Microbiology meeting in San Francisco.
Gene Patents Back in Court
Cristina Luiggi | Jun 19, 2012
A public interest legal group has renewed the fight against DNA patenting.
The Ecology of Fear
Edyta Zielinska | Jun 15, 2012
Grasshoppers in fear of predation die with less nitrogen in their bodies than unstressed grasshoppers, which can affect soil ecology.
Older Dads Have Healthier Kids?
Jef Akst | Jun 11, 2012
New research finds that older men have children and grandchildren with longer telomeres, possibly pointing to health benefits of delayed reproduction.
The Fungus Among Us
Bob Grant | Jun 11, 2012
Researchers find a slew of new fungal species inhabiting the human gut, and suggest a link to an inflammatory bowel disease.
Oil Spill Changes Microbe Communities
Jef Akst | Jun 8, 2012
The beaches around the Gulf of Mexico harbor different nematodes, protists and fungi now than they did before the Deepwater Horizon disaster in April 2010.
Camel Pharmacies?
Hayley Dunning | Jun 4, 2012
Researchers create transgenic cells that may help camels produce milk full of therapeutic proteins.
Rapid Bird Flu Test
Cristina Luiggi | Jun 4, 2012
New PCR assay can detect more than 40 strains of H5N1 in a single go.