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Scientists unlock genetic secrets of wine growers’ worst enemy

Following a decade-long effort, scientists have mapped out the genome of an aphid-like pest capable of decimating vineyards. In so doing, they have discovered how...

Deep sea microbes dormant for 100 million years are hungry and ready to multiply

For decades, scientists have gathered ancient sediment samples from below the seafloor to better understand past climates, plate tectonics and the deep marine ecosystem. In...

Scientists achieve first complete assembly of human X chromosome

The first end-to-end completely gapless DNA sequence of a human chromosome is a major milestone for genomics research. Although the current human reference genome is...

Scientists may have found one path to a longer life

Research in lab models shows the drug mifepristone may counter negative effects experienced by females after mating. The results could lead to extending lifespan...

Where do new viruses like the coronavirus come from?

Factors smaller than a cell and as large as the planet are at play when a virus leaps from an animal to a human. The...

DNA data storage takes a leap forward with ‘Doris’

Scientists have developed a fundamentally new approach to DNA data storage systems. The new approach gives users the ability to read or modify data files...

Armor on butterfly wings could protect against heavy rain

A study of high-speed raindrops hitting biological surfaces such as feathers, plant leaves and insect wings reveals how these highly water-repelling veneers reduce the...

Origins of COVID-19 still a mystery, new study shows

In a new study, researchers found that the highly-infectious SARS-CoV-2 virus is most ideally adapted to infect human cells—rather than bat or pangolin cells In...

Scientists find COVID-19 path from animals to humans

In a new study, researchers examined the origin of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that has caused the COVID-19 pandemic. They found that it was especially well-suited...

Will humans go extinct? For all the existential threats, we’ll likely be here for...

Will our species go extinct? The short answer is yes. The fossil record shows everything goes extinct, eventually. Almost all species that ever lived, over 99.9%,...