horizontal gene transfer, ecology
Taming Bushmeat
Taming Bushmeat
Jyoti Madhusoodanan | Jan 1, 2015
Chinese farmers’ efforts at rearing wild animals may benefit conservation and reduce human health risks.
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.
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.
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.
A Race Against Extinction
A Race Against Extinction
A. Marmaduke Kilpatrick | Dec 1, 2014
Bat populations ravaged; hundreds of amphibian species driven to extinction; diverse groups of birds threatened. Taking risks will be necessary to control deadly wildlife pathogens.
Virus May Explain “Melting” Sea Stars
Virus May Explain “Melting” Sea Stars
Molly Sharlach | Nov 19, 2014
Researchers discover a densovirus that is associated with sea star wasting disease.
Hairy Situation for Wolves
Hairy Situation for Wolves
Molly Sharlach | Nov 16, 2014
Researchers find high stress hormone levels in the hair of hunted wolves in Northern Canada.
Butterfly Eyespots Deflect Predation
Butterfly Eyespots Deflect Predation
Bob Grant | Nov 12, 2014
Researchers show that patterned coloration can be an effective means of distracting predators from vital body parts.
Virus Decimating Spanish Amphibians
Virus Decimating Spanish Amphibians
Bob Grant | Oct 20, 2014
Several toad, newt, and salamander populations are being hit hard by an emerging pathogen in a pristine national park in Spain.
New Genes = New Archaea?
New Genes = New Archaea?
Molly Sharlach | Oct 15, 2014
Genes acquired from bacteria contributed to the origins of archaeal lineages, a large-scale phylogenetic analysis suggests.