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Single genetic switch changes butterfly wing color

Scientists use gene editing to identify gene that controls wing color mimicry in butterflies Heliconius butterflies are a diverse and colorful group of species that...
Tracing the evolutionary origins of fish to shallow ocean waters

Tracing the evolutionary origins of fish to shallow ocean waters

Ancient fish species diversified in near-shore ocean areas, not coral reefs The first vertebrates on Earth were fish, and scientists believe they first appeared around...

Scientists discover drug cocktail that increases lifespan

Life-extending effects in worms could one day translate into treatments that delay aging in humans Scientists have discovered a combination of pharmaceutical drugs that not...

Scientist discover a new way to find relatives from forensic DNA

It might seem like the only thing anyone could do with forensic DNA is match suspects to crime scenes. After all, agencies like the FBI...

Plant hormone makes space farming possible

With scarce nutrients and weak gravity, growing potatoes on the Moon or on other planets seems unimaginable. But the plant hormone strigolactone could make it...
Mammals cannot evolve fast enough to escape current extinction crisis

Mammals cannot evolve fast enough to escape current extinction crisis

Mammal diversity will take millions of years to recover from the current biodiversity crisis Humans are exterminating animal and plant species so quickly that nature's...

This RNA-based technique could make gene therapy more effective

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...

How wasp and bee stinger designs help deliver the pain

Next time you’re stung by a wasp or a honeybee, consider the elegantly designed stinger that caused you so much pain. In a new study,...

Why Tardigrades are some of the most hardcore critters on the planet?

It can survive drying out, extreme heat and cold, and even exposure to vacuum. The humble tardigrade can be found practically anywhere there’s enough water...

Harvest solar fuels through a bacterium’s unusual appetite for gold

A bacterium named Moorella thermoacetica won't work for free. But UC Berkeley researchers have figured out it has an appetite for gold. And in exchange for...