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This RNA-based technique could make gene therapy more effective

6 days ago from Physorg

Delivering functional genes into cells to replace mutated genes, an approach known as gene therapy, holds potential for treating many types of diseases. The earliest efforts to deliver genes to...

Watch: Divers carve pumpkins underwater for Florida contest

6 days ago from UPI

Scuba divers in the Florida Keys took their Halloween spirit 30 feet below the surface for an underwater pumpkin carving contest.

Watch: Bongo named Taylor Swift escapes zoo enclosure

6 days ago from UPI

A California zoo confirmed it temporarily shut down when a bongo calf named Taylor Swift escaped from her enclosure.

Researchers take genomic sequencing to the farm to help transform lives

6 days ago from Physorg

In a world first, international scientists including a University of Otago researcher, have used whole genome sequencing to help diagnose a plant pathogen destroying crops on African farms, potentially paving...

Watch: Oakland Zoo visitor climbs tiger pen barrier

6 days ago from UPI

A California zoo is investigating a cellphone video showing a visitor jumping a barrier around the facility's tiger pen.

What Is Meiosis?

6 days ago from Live Science

Meiosis is a specialized form of cell division that produces reproductive cells, such as plant and fungal spores, sperm and egg cells.

Evolution is at work in computers as well as life sciences

6 days ago from Physorg

Artificial intelligence research has a lot to learn from nature. My work links biology with computation every day, but recently the rest of the world was reminded of the connection:...

Proteins wear clothes – and understanding their fashion choices could help us treat cancer

6 days ago from Physorg

We humans are top of the evolutionary tree, the most complex organisms that have ever lived on Earth in five billion years. Right? One way we might actually prove our...

How catching malaria gave me a new perspective on saving gorillas

6 days ago from Physorg

Conservationists are in a desperate fight to save the last of the world's gorillas. Numbers of some subspecies are so low that organisations are literally saving the species one gorilla...

How communication among cells affects development of multicellular tissue

6 days ago from Physorg

Using a combination of computational modeling and experimental techniques, a research team has developed new information about how intercellular communication affects the differentiation of an embryonic stem cell colony over...

Computer model for designing protein sequences optimized to bind to drug targets

6 days ago from Physorg

Designing synthetic proteins that can act as drugs for cancer or other diseases can be a tedious process: It generally involves creating a library of millions of proteins, then screening...

Was life on the early Earth purple?

6 days ago from Physorg

Early life forms on Earth may have been able to generate metabolic energy from sunlight using a purple-pigmented molecule called retinal that possibly predates the evolution of chlorophyll and photosynthesis....

A selfish gene makes mice into migrants

6 days ago from Physorg

House mice carrying a specific selfish supergene move from one population to another much more frequently than their peers. This finding from a University of Zurich study shows for the...

We spent 2 weeks trying to free ourselves of single-use plastics

As part of our experiential journalism series In Your Shoes, we accepted a challenge from a producer to go two weeks without any single-use plastics. More than one crying emoji...

Root architecture discoveries could help breed drought-resistant crops

6 days ago from Physorg

We should breed new varieties of crops based on their root architecture rather than just focusing on the top half of the plant, according to scientists looking at how to...

Higher temperatures could help protect coral reefs

6 days ago from Physorg

A new study in the journal Behavioral Ecology, published by Oxford University Press, suggests that higher water temperature, which increases the aggressiveness of some fish, could lead to better protection...

Chicken nuggets grown in a lab

Can chicken nuggets grown in a lab actually taste like... well... chicken? A taste test on lab-grown meat.

Parasite spread by cats threatens Quebec's endangered belugas, study shows

A new study suggests belugas are being increasingly infected with a parasite known as toxoplasma gondii, transmitted through the feces of cats.

In cadaver caves, baby beetles grow better with parental goo

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A dead mouse — with the right microbial treatment from beetle parents — becomes a much better nursery than your average carcass.

Study: Non-inherited dementia linked to DNA 'spelling mistakes'

6 days ago from UPI

Non-inherited forms of dementia likely develop because of spontaneous "spelling mistakes" in DNA that arise as cells divide and reproduce, according to a study.

Us vs. them: Understanding the neurobiology of stereotypes

6 days ago from Science Daily

Scientists describe how non-invasive brain stimulation -- a technique he and others have pioneered to unlock the secrets of the brain -- could shed light on the neurobiology underlying implicit...

Why tropical forests are so ecologically diverse

6 days ago from Science Daily

The population of a tropical tree increases mostly in places where it is rare, a new study found.

Reagent targets methionines in proteins

6 days ago from C&EN

New method provides another way to functionalize proteins to carry probes or payloads

Discovery of a simplest mechanism for color detection

6 days ago from Science Daily

Color vision, ocular color detection is achieved with complicated neural mechanisms in the eyes. Researchers have found color detection with a simplest mechanism in the fish pineal organ, an extraocular...

Mammals cannot evolve fast enough to escape current extinction crisis

6 days ago from Science Daily

The sixth mass extinction is underway, this time caused by humans. A team of researchers have calculated that species are dying out so quickly that nature's built-in defense mechanism, evolution,...

Researchers produce virus-resistant pigs, could vastly improve global animal health

6 days ago from Physorg

Researchers at the University of Missouri have successfully produced a litter of pigs that are genetically resistant to a deadly porcine virus.

How beetle larvae thrive on carrion

6 days ago from Science Daily

The burying beetle Nicrophorus vespilloides buries the cadavers of small animals to use them as a food source for its offspring. However, the carcass is susceptible to microbial decomposition. Researchers...

Computer model offers more control over protein design

6 days ago from MIT Research

Designing synthetic proteins that can act as drugs for cancer or other diseases can be a tedious process: It generally involves creating a library of millions of proteins, then screening the library to...