Biology News

DNA better than eyes when counting endangered species Monday, March 7, 2011 - 00:00
Using genetic methods to count endangered eagles, a group of scientists showed that traditional counting methods can lead to significantly incorrect totals that they believe could adversely affect con
For lizard research, size matters Monday, March 7, 2011 - 00:00
For a species whose name suggests otherwise, Gila monsters are actually quite shy. Their size and bite are the only monstrous things about these animals, which are the second-largest and one of only t
Growing blueberries at home Sunday, March 6, 2011 - 00:00
The blueberry is a small fruit that is very popular, but can be challenging and frustrating for some home gardeners, said a University of Illinois Extension horticulture educator.
New Microscope Produces Dazzling 3D Movies of Live Cells Sunday, March 6, 2011 - 00:00

New microscope use an exquisitely thin sheet of light -- similar to that used in supermarket bar-code scanners -- to peer inside single living cells, revealing the three-dimensional shapes of cellular

Scripps Research scientists develop new test for 'pluripotent' stem cells Sunday, March 6, 2011 - 00:00
"Pluripotent" stem cells—which have the potential to mature into almost any cell in the body—are being widely studied for their role in treating a vast array of human diseases and for generating cells
Genomes Shed Light on Human Evolution, Leading Scientists to Search for More Subtle Clues Friday, March 4, 2011 - 00:00
Lijun Yin wants computers to understand inputs from humans that go beyond the traditional keyboard and mouse.
Scientists offer new insights into early eye evolution Thursday, March 3, 2011 - 00:00

Researchers have long hypothesized that the complex human eye evolved from a very simple patch of cells on the surface of a primitive animal, slowly increasing in complexity by adding features such as

Spray worms are segmented worms Thursday, March 3, 2011 - 00:00
Spray worms are the latest molecular phylogenetic studies is no longer regarded as a separate tribe, but clearly the annelids (Annelida) associated. So far, this assignment seemed questionable, since