Biology News

Discovery of jumping gene cluster tangles tree of life Friday, February 4, 2011 - 00:00
The discovery that a large cluster of genes appears to have jumped directly from one species of fungus to another, however, significantly strengthens the argument that a different metaphor, such as a
Lund adopts chromosome 19 Thursday, February 3, 2011 - 00:00
Today, we know what all the genes on a person’s 46 chromosomes look like, but it is only by studying the gene coding information linked to different proteins that we can gain knowledge that can lead t
Death in the Bat Caves: Disease Wiping out Hibernating Bats Thursday, February 3, 2011 - 00:00
Conservationists across the United States are racing to discover a solution to White-Nose Syndrome, a disease that is threatening to wipe out bat species across North America. A review published in Co
Northern hunters slowed down advance of Neolithic farmers Thursday, February 3, 2011 - 00:00
Farmers from the Near East spread throughout Europe around 7,000 years ago, but the hunter-gatherers of the north slowed their advance for around 15 centuries. Now, researchers from the University of
Primitive vertebrates with an adaptive immune system Thursday, February 3, 2011 - 00:00
A key organ found in our adaptive immune system is more common than previously assumed: Max Planck researchers demonstrate the presence of thymus-like structures in the primitive lamprey
Rare insect fossil reveals 100 million years of evolutionary stasis Thursday, February 3, 2011 - 00:00
Researchers have discovered the 100 million-year-old ancestor of a group of large, carnivorous, cricket-like insects that still live today in southern Asia, northern Indochina and Africa. The new fin
How insects survive the long, cold winter Thursday, February 3, 2011 - 00:00
In many species, insects adapt to the cold by dying off; it's the larval stage of the species that goes through winter. Insects that do over-winter as adults usually enter a hibernation-like state cal
Study doubles number of known human structural variants Thursday, February 3, 2011 - 00:00
1000 Genome Project data helps researchers understand the role of structural variation in human health and disease