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Human genome could contain up to 20 percent fewer genes

A new study led by the Spanish National Cancer Research Centre (CNIO) reveals that up to 20% of genes classified as coding (those that...
What’s in the air

What’s in the air?

There’s more to it than we thought Yale researchers have found that a type of air pollution is much more complicated than previous studies indicated. Using...

Your showerhead slime is alive and mostly harmless

The day after Halloween, something scary may still lurk inside your showerhead. Researchers at CIRES have identified Mycobacterium as the most abundant genus of bacteria growing...

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...