horizontal gene transfer, ecology
Week in Review: January 20–24
Week in Review: January 20–24
Tracy Vence | Jan 24, 2014
Mistimed sleep disrupts human transcriptome; canine tumor genome; de novo Drosophila genes; UVA light lowers blood pressure; aquatic microfauna fight frog-killing fungus
New Suspect in Bee Colony Collapse
New Suspect in Bee Colony Collapse
Jef Akst | Jan 21, 2014
A virus that causes blight in plants may contribute the catastrophic decline of honeybee colonies.
Older Trees Grow Faster
Older Trees Grow Faster
Bob Grant | Jan 20, 2014
Mature trees soak up more CO2 than younger ones, a study shows, overturning a bit of botanical dogma.
Fewer Female Snail Penises
Fewer Female Snail Penises
Tracy Vence | Jan 14, 2014
Researchers are now spotting fewer cases of imposex—in which female sea snails develop male sexual organs—as a result of a chemical ban instituted in 2008.
Large Carnivores Under Siege
Large Carnivores Under Siege
Bob Grant | Jan 13, 2014
As populations of top predators decline in ecosystems the world over, researchers chart the widespread effects.
Settlement Signal
Settlement Signal
Abby Olena | Jan 9, 2014
A marine bacterium generates contractile structures that are essential for the metamorphosis of a tubeworm.
Genomes Gone Wild
Genomes Gone Wild
Megan Scudellari | Jan 1, 2014
Weird and wonderful, plant DNA is challenging preconceptions about the evolution of life, including our own species.
Unhealthy Chemicals Linked to Fracking
Unhealthy Chemicals Linked to Fracking
Jef Akst | Dec 17, 2013
Water samples collected from natural gas extraction sites in Colorado contain hormone-disrupting chemicals linked to birth defects, infertility, and cancer.
Waiting in the Wings
Waiting in the Wings
Erin Weeks | Dec 1, 2013
A century’s worth of collected butterflies shed light on how climate change threatens the survival of early-emerging species.
Biology's Coefficient
Biology's Coefficient
Megan Scudellari | Dec 1, 2013
Joel Cohen uses the tools of mathematics to deconstruct questions of life.