Biology News

Technique allows researchers to identify key maize genes for increased yield Wednesday, January 12, 2011 - 00:00
A study published online in Nature Genetics on Jan. 9 has identified the genes related to leaf angle in corn (maize) -- a key trait for planting crops closer together, which has led to an eight-fold i
Bloggers' Word Choice Bares Their Personality Traits, Study by CU-Boulder Researcher Finds Wednesday, January 12, 2011 - 00:00
Words convey meaning, but our choice of specific words also conveys details about our personalities, new research confirms. For example, extraverts are likely to use the word "mouth" frequently, and "
A pesky bacterial slime reveals its survival secrets Wednesday, January 12, 2011 - 00:00
Surprising discovery about biofilm may provide a new direction in antimicrobial research and bio-inspired liquid-repellent surfaces
Antibiotic Holiday Needs to Be A Long One to Combat Resistance Wednesday, January 12, 2011 - 00:00
Heavy use of antibiotics has created a host of dangerous drug-resistant pathogens that endanger the health of millions of people. However, it has been unclear how quickly a ban on the overuse of an an
Ethics and validity of flipper-banding penguins as indicators of climate change challenged Wednesday, January 12, 2011 - 00:00

A new study published today in the scholarly journal Nature questions the use of banding techniques to track penguins. According to the research report, most available information on penguin populatio

Played by Humans, Scored By Nature, Online Game Helps Unravel Secrets of RNA Tuesday, January 11, 2011 - 00:00
The game, called EteRNA harnesses game play to uncover principles for designing molecules of RNA, which biologists believe may be the key regulator of everything that happens in living cells. But the
Tango Mandarins to Appear This Month in Produce Aisles Monday, January 10, 2011 - 00:00
The first commercial crop of a new mandarin variety created by scientists at the University of California, Riverside will be harvested beginning later this month.
Oxygen-free Early Oceans Likely Delayed Rise of Life on Planet Monday, January 10, 2011 - 00:00
Geologists at the University of California, Riverside have found chemical evidence in 2.6-billion-year-old rocks that indicates that Earth's ancient oceans were oxygen-free and, surprisingly, containe