omega-3 fatty acids, cell & molecular biology, evolution
On the Origin of Birds
Cristina Luiggi | Jul 27, 2011
The discovery of a new bird-like fossil challenges longstanding theories about which species of dinosaur gave rise to the avian lineage.
Electric Dolphins?
Jef Akst | Jul 27, 2011
Like many fish and amphibians, the Guiana dolphin can sense low levels of electrical activity in the water—an ability not previously reported in true mammals.
Latitude Affects Human Eye Size
Jef Akst | Jul 27, 2011
People living near the Earth’s poles, where days are often short and light often low, have larger eyes and visual cortices than those closer to the equator.
Chimp Brains Don’t Shrink with Age
Tia Ghose | Jul 25, 2011
Unlike human brains, chimpanzee brains don’t get smaller as they age, suggesting that pronounced neurological decline is a uniquely human byproduct of our oversized brains and extreme longevity.
Regulating the Humanized
Bob Grant | Jul 25, 2011
A UK panel puts forth guidelines for research that use experimental animals harboring human cells and tissues.
Top 7 in Genomics & Genetics
Bob Grant | Jul 19, 2011
A snapshot of the most highly ranked articles in genomics, genetics, and related areas, from Faculty of 1000
Neanderthal DNA in Modern Humans
Jef Akst | Jul 19, 2011
Non-African people carry remnants of the Neanderthal X chromosome, suggesting interbreeding with early human ancestors.
Stem Cell Approvals Are Up
Jef Akst | Jul 18, 2011
The number of human embryonic stem cells approved for federal funding continues to grow.
Zinc Fingers Bear Fruit
Bob Grant | Jul 18, 2011
A method for precise gene editing is able to change disease-causing point mutations in human stem cell DNA.
Most Wanted Toad Found
Jef Akst | Jul 15, 2011
A colorful toad that has been missing for 87 years is discovered in Malaysia.