Biology

New tech enables scientists to image 10,421 genes at once within individual cells

New tech enables scientists to image 10,421 genes at once within individual cells

A breakthrough new technique enables scientists to image 10,421 genes at once within individual cells. The work was done in the laboratory of Long Cai,...

How blind cavefish lose their eyes

Blind cavefish (Astyanax mexicanus) lose critical eye tissues within a few days after their eyes begin to develop. According to a new study, this loss...
New way to treat bacterial infections Silence bacterial genes

New way to treat bacterial infections: Silence bacterial genes

A new approach to killing C. difficile that silences key bacterial genes while sparing other bacteria may provide a new way to treat the most common...
Gene loss can prove to be an advantage

Gene loss can prove to be an advantage during evolution

During evolution, genes can be created, get mutated or duplicated, and even can get lost. To investigate to what extent gene losses can contribute to...
Study reveals how a mother always knows her chicks

Study reveals how a mother always knows her chicks

A study led by The Australian National University (ANU) has discovered how a mother knows her chicks and can spot an imposter in her...
Earth could have been habitable much earlier than thought

Earth could have been habitable much earlier than thought

Scientists say crust could have formed when Earth was just 350 million years old The early Earth might have been habitable much earlier than thought,...
Secret to longevity is in the microbiome and the gut, shows new study

Secret to longevity is in the microbiome and the gut, shows new study

Experiments in fruit flies show increased lifespan thanks to a combination of probiotics and an herbal supplement You are what you eat. Or so the...
How did human brains get so large

How did human brains get so large?

Genes found only in humans influence brain size A set of three nearly identical genes found only in humans appear to play a critical role...
Ants provide clues to why biodiversity is higher in the tropics

Ants provide clues to why biodiversity is higher in the tropics

It's a puzzle that has confounded biologists for centuries: The earth's tropical regions are home to an enormous variety of plant and animal species, but...
Men and women have opposite genetic alterations in depression

Men and women have opposite genetic alterations in depression

Men and women with major depressive disorder (MDD) have opposite changes in the expression of the same genes, according to a new postmortem brain...