Researchers Find DNA “Borgs” in Methane-Chomping Archaea
Researchers Find DNA “Borgs” in Methane-Chomping Archaea
Massive extrachromosomal elements named after the hive-minded cyborg villains in Star Trek may be the first of their kind.
Researchers Find DNA “Borgs” in Methane-Chomping Archaea
Researchers Find DNA “Borgs” in Methane-Chomping Archaea

Massive extrachromosomal elements named after the hive-minded cyborg villains in Star Trek may be the first of their kind.

Massive extrachromosomal elements named after the hive-minded cyborg villains in Star Trek may be the first of their kind.

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Australian Beetles Walk on the Underside of Water’s Surface
Australian Beetles Walk on the Underside of Water’s Surface
Lisa Winter | Jul 15, 2021
Watch one scurry around upside down in a remarkably unusual form of locomotion.
WHO Releases New Recommendations on Human Genome Editing
WHO Releases New Recommendations on Human Genome Editing
Stephanie Melchor | Jul 12, 2021
The guidance comes after two years of consulting with hundreds of stakeholders, including indigenous peoples, religious leaders, patient groups, and scientists.
Mouse Study Suggests Fibromyalgia Has Autoimmune Roots
Mouse Study Suggests Fibromyalgia Has Autoimmune Roots
Stephanie Melchor | Jul 2, 2021
When researchers injected mice with antibodies from fibromyalgia patients, the animals developed symptoms of the disease—suggesting that it may be controlled by the immune system, not the nervous system.
Endocrinologist Jean Wilson Dies at 88
Endocrinologist Jean Wilson Dies at 88
Lisa Winter | Jun 24, 2021
The University of Texas Southwestern professor’s research focused on the androgen hormones that cause male sexual differentiation and may also lead to prostate disease.
Canadian Official Reprimanded for Withholding Winnipeg Lab Info
Canadian Official Reprimanded for Withholding Winnipeg Lab Info
Stephanie Melchor | Jun 23, 2021
The House of Commons rebuked the president of the Canadian Public Health Agency for not turning over sensitive information pertaining to the dismissal of government scientists from the National Microbiology Laboratory.
Special Straw May Be Reliable Cure for Hiccups: Study
Special Straw May Be Reliable Cure for Hiccups: Study
Stephanie Melchor | Jun 21, 2021
The device helps control diaphragm contractions, preventing hiccup-causing muscle spasms.
African Coelacanths May Live to Be 100: Study
African Coelacanths May Live to Be 100: Study
Catherine Offord | Jun 18, 2021
This evolutionarily ancient fish species has a lifespan that’s around five times longer than previously thought, and a gestation time of more than five years.
Aquarium Jellyfish Turns Out to Be Undescribed Species
Aquarium Jellyfish Turns Out to Be Undescribed Species
Lisa Winter | Jun 18, 2021
The newly characterized “elegant jellyfish,” roughly the size of a human hand, had been on display in two aquariums in Japan for more than a decade.
Hawaii Legislature Moves to Terminate Tenured Professor
Hawaii Legislature Moves to Terminate Tenured Professor
Lisa Winter | Jun 15, 2021
Carl-Wilhelm Vogel could lose his position at the University of Hawai‘i Cancer Center if the currently proposed state budget is signed by Governor David Ige.
Nobel Laureate Richard Ernst Dies at 87
Nobel Laureate Richard Ernst Dies at 87
Lisa Winter | Jun 11, 2021
The chemist refined nuclear magnetic resonance technology, giving rise to the development of MRI.
<em>Wolbachia</em>-Infected Mosquitoes Stymie Dengue&rsquo;s Spread: Study
Wolbachia-Infected Mosquitoes Stymie Dengue’s Spread: Study
Shawna Williams | Jun 10, 2021
Randomized, controlled research conducted in an Indonesian city confirms the reduction in cases seen with previous observational work.
US Senate Passes Bill for Nearly $250 Billion in Science Funding
US Senate Passes Bill for Nearly $250 Billion in Science Funding
Christie Wilcox | Jun 9, 2021
The legislation, which now heads to the House, aims to ensure the country can compete with China technologically by supporting research and development over the next five years.
Researcher Sanctioned by <em>PNAS</em> for Not Sharing Alga
Researcher Sanctioned by PNAS for Not Sharing Alga
Catherine Offord | Jun 9, 2021
Zhangfeng Hu will be unable to submit manuscripts for three years after having violated the journal’s policy about making study materials available to other scientists.
Rotifers Bounce Back After Being Frozen for 24,000 Years
Rotifers Bounce Back After Being Frozen for 24,000 Years
Lisa Winter | Jun 8, 2021
The hardy animals were pulled from the permafrost in Siberia, giving scientists the opportunity to study how they survive extreme conditions.
Nearly Complete Human Genome Sequenced
Nearly Complete Human Genome Sequenced
Jef Akst | Jun 8, 2021
In a preprint, researchers fill in some of the holes left in the first draft of the human genetic code, published at the turn of the century.
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Biogen&rsquo;s Alzheimer&rsquo;s Drug Gets FDA Approval, Mixed Reviews
Biogen’s Alzheimer’s Drug Gets FDA Approval, Mixed Reviews
Kerry Grens | Jun 7, 2021
A lackluster performance in clinical trials of the monoclonal antibody aducanumab has left some experts unconvinced of its benefit.
Oxygen Levels Dropping in US and European Lakes: Study
Oxygen Levels Dropping in US and European Lakes: Study
Lisa Winter | Jun 7, 2021
Researchers find a widespread decline in dissolved oxygen levels in lakes, which is known to reshape ecosystems.
Howard Bauchner Leaves <em>JAMA</em> Following Podcast Fallout
Howard Bauchner Leaves JAMA Following Podcast Fallout
Amanda Heidt | Jun 2, 2021
The editor-in-chief will step down this month following the release of a podcast in February that suggested systemic racism does not exist in medicine.
WHO Updates the Nomenclature of SARS-CoV-2 Variants
WHO Updates the Nomenclature of SARS-CoV-2 Variants
Lisa Winter | Jun 1, 2021
Rather than being described by the location of where they emerged or an alphanumeric code, variants will be given a Greek letter.