parasites, ecology, genetics & genomics
Pigeon GPS Identified
Megan Scudellari | Apr 26, 2012
A population of neurons in pigeon brains encodes direction, intensity, and polarity of the Earth’s magnetic field.
Melting Ice Releases Ancient Microbes
Megan Scudellari | Apr 19, 2012
Living cells escaping from Antarctic glaciers could speed global warming and affect marine life.
Spotted: Emperor Penguins
Cristina Luiggi | Apr 17, 2012
Satellites are used to count the number of penguins living in Antarctica.
Genomics Boom Continues
Jef Akst | Apr 16, 2012
A new report estimates that the genomics research tools market will be worth nearly $9 billion by 2016.
Spotting a Giraffe's Age
Cristina Luiggi | Apr 11, 2012
A giraffe’s spots can give away its years.
Inferring DNA from RNA
Jef Akst | Apr 11, 2012
A new technique to derive DNA information from non-DNA sources, such as RNA, threatens the anonymity of genetic database donors.
Insect Battles, Big and Small
Megan Scudellari | Apr 10, 2012
Social insect soldiers not only protect the colony from insect invasions; some also secrete strong antifungal compounds to kill microscopic enemies.
Malaria Drug Resistance Spreading
Bob Grant | Apr 9, 2012
A genomic analysis reveals a crucial detail in drug-resistant strains of the malaria parasite that are on the move in Southeast Asia.
Colony Collapse from Pesticides?
Edyta Zielinska | Apr 9, 2012
Yet another study demonstrates that how pesticides might be related to the collapse of wild bee colonies.
Lab Studies Lie about the Clock
Megan Scudellari | Apr 4, 2012
Fly circadian behavior is dramatically different in natural environments than in the lab.