Biology

Wheat virus crosses over, harms native grasses

Wheat virus crosses over, harms native grasses

Once upon a time, it was thought that crop diseases affected only crops. New research shows, however, that a common wheat virus can spread...
Snails travel far and wide, spreading disease along the way

Snails travel far and wide, spreading disease along the way

Parasite-carrying snails can travel long distances, spreading a deadly disease along the way, according to new research led by UC Berkeley. The study is the...
Steroid discovered in dogfish sharks attacks Parkinson's-related toxin in animal model

Steroid discovered in dogfish sharks attacks Parkinson’s-related toxin in animal model

A synthesized steroid mirroring one naturally made by the dogfish shark prevents the buildup of a lethal protein implicated in some neurodegenerative diseases, reports...
Caribbean bat species need 8 million years to recover from recent extinction waves

Caribbean bat species need 8 million years to recover from recent extinction waves

How long does it take a community of mammals to recover after a wave of species loss? Bats in the Caribbean Islands may hold new...
New technology enables 5-D imaging in live animals, humans

New technology enables 5-D imaging in live animals, humans

A new image analysis technique makes it easier for scientists to quickly find and track important biological molecules including tell-tale signs of disease. Called "Hyper-Spectral...
Why type O blood has higher risk of cholera

Why type O blood has higher risk of cholera

People with blood type O often get more severely ill from cholera than people of other blood types. New research from Washington University School...
'Mysterious' non-protein-coding RNAs play important roles in gene expression

‘Mysterious’ non-protein-coding RNAs play important roles in gene expression

In cells, DNA is transcribed into RNAs that provide the molecular recipe for cells to make proteins. Most of the genome is transcribed into RNA,...
Byzantine skeleton yields 800-year-old genomes from a fatal infection

Byzantine skeleton yields 800-year-old genomes from a fatal infection

Eight hundred years ago, in a hardscrabble farming community on the outskirts of what was once one of the fabled cities of the ancient...
Tree-bark thickness indicates fire-resistance in a hotter future

Tree-bark thickness indicates fire-resistance in a hotter future

A new study has found that trees worldwide develop thicker bark when they live in fire-prone areas. The findings suggest that bark thickness could help...
Postdoc jobs in biomedicine don't yield positive returns in the labor market

Postdoc jobs in biomedicine don’t yield positive returns in the labor market

Federal research agencies, such as the National Science Foundation and National Institutes of Health, tout postdoctoral positions as valuable for those pursuing for scientific...