immunology, evolution, genetics & genomics, ecology
Genome Digest
Cristina Luiggi | Nov 2, 2011
Meet the species whose DNA has recently been sequenced.
DNA Sequencer Sales Going Down
Cristina Luiggi | Nov 2, 2011
Expecting significant cuts to the federal research budget, scientists are scratching expensive DNA sequencers off their wish lists.
Ladybug Zombies
Cristina Luiggi | Oct 31, 2011
Wasps inject their larvae into ladybug abdomens, where they feast on the bugs’ insides.
BRCA1 Further Elucidated
Cristina Luiggi | Oct 27, 2011
Researchers have pinpointed the region of a key cancer gene that’s involved in tumor suppression.
Bacterial Rejuvenation
Edyta Zielinska | Oct 27, 2011
Bacteria age, but as a lineage, can live forever.
Deadly Bat Fungus Nailed Down
Bob Grant | Oct 26, 2011
Scientists have made a definitive link between a recently-discovered fungus and a lethal disease wiping out bat populations in eastern North America.
Mom's Blood Reveals Baby's Down Syndrome
Jef Akst | Oct 25, 2011
Last week researchers released the first non-invasive prenatal test for Down syndrome, and more such tests are expected in the coming months.
Orangutans Have Culture
Bob Grant | Oct 25, 2011
A study shows that different populations of the Southeast Asian ape display and transmit specific behaviors through generations in a way similar to human cultures.
Bird Flu Vax Spurs Virus Evolution
Edyta Zielinska | Oct 21, 2011
Inadequate poultry immunization programs may cause higher mutations rates in the bird flu virus, rendering the vaccine ineffective and increasing the threat of cross-species transmission.
Wolbachia Boost Stem Cell Production
Jef Akst | Oct 20, 2011
The widespread bacteria known to manipulate host reproductive output can do so by ramping up stem cell division and consequent egg production in Drosophila.