Biology

Pulling the tablecloth out from under essential metabolism

Pulling the tablecloth out from under essential metabolism

Because plants can't get up and run away, they've had to be clever instead. They are the chemists of the living world, producing hundreds of...
How scientists explore our genome’s ‘dark matter’

How scientists explore our genome’s ‘dark matter’

A new method lets researchers quickly screen the non-coding DNA of the human genome for links to diseases that are driven by changes in gene...
Stanford scientists create a cellular guillotine for studying single-cell wound repair

Stanford scientists create a cellular guillotine for studying single-cell wound repair

While doing research at the Woods Hole Marine Biological Laboratory in Massachusetts, Sindy Tang learned of a remarkable organism: Stentor coeruleus. It's a single-celled, free-living...
Night shift work may hurt body’s ability to repair DNA damage

Night shift work may hurt body’s ability to repair DNA damage

Night shift work may hinder the body's ability to repair DNA damage caused by normal cellular processes, suggests a small study published online in...
Twins show trust is in our genes, but distrust isn’t

Twins show trust is in our genes, but distrust isn’t

Trust may depend, at least in part, on genes. But, a new study suggests people may not inherit distrust in the same way. The study...
Biologists identify key step in lung cancer evolution

Biologists identify key step in lung cancer evolution

Blocking the transition to a more aggressive state could offer a new treatment strategy. Lung adenocarcinoma, an aggressive form of cancer that accounts for about...
How eggs got their shapes

How eggs got their shapes?

The evolution of the amniotic egg -- complete with membrane and shell -- was key to vertebrates leaving the oceans and colonizing the land...
DNA left by ocean animals provides rare glimpse of marine ecosystems

DNA left by ocean animals provides rare glimpse of marine ecosystems

The ocean might as well be Mars. Like astronomers grasping at ways to identify life on a distant planet, marine scientists have no easy method...
Deaths of migrating wildebeests key to Serengeti’s vibrant ecosystem

Deaths of migrating wildebeests key to Serengeti’s vibrant ecosystem

Wildebeest carcasses, casualties of the world's largest overland animal migration, pile up annually on the banks of the Mara River in Africa and play...
Scientists want to update Darwin’s tree of life

Scientists want to update Darwin’s tree of life

In 1859, Charles Darwin included a novel tree of life in his trailblazing book on the theory of evolution, On the Origin of Species. Now, scientists...

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