Biology News

Gangster birds running protection racket give insight into co-evolution Saturday, November 20, 2010 - 00:00
Like gangsters running a protection racket, drongos in the Kalahari Desert act as lookouts for other birds in order to steal a cut of their food catch. The behaviour, revealed in research led by Andy
Scientists discover new method for studying molecules Friday, November 19, 2010 - 00:00
Researchers at Queen’s University have discovered the method for studying oxygen in large molecular systems. The findings will help in the study of proteins, DNA, RNA and other molecular structures.
Scientists question widely adopted indicator of fisheries health - 'fishing down marine food webs' Friday, November 19, 2010 - 00:00
Trends in the trophic levels of fish that were caught to measure the health of world fisheries. The trophic level of an organism shows where it fits in food webs, with microscopic algae at a trophic l
Reading the Signs: Plants and Animals Found Common Ground in Response to Microbial Threats Friday, November 19, 2010 - 00:00
Though it’s been at least a billion years since plants and animals shared a common ancestor, they have through the eons shared a common threat in the form of microbes, including bacteria, eukaryotes a
Environmental Protection Agency 'sugar-coating' risks posed by Gulf oil spill Wednesday, November 17, 2010 - 00:00
The risks to fish of the chemical dispersants used to break up slicks during the Gulf of Mexico oil spill may have been greater than reported to the public, according to new research from a Queen's Un
Hybrid plants with over-reactive immune system Wednesday, November 17, 2010 - 00:00
Crossbreeding can result in incompatible gene combinations. Individuals from the same species can often be crossed without any trouble. However, genes also have their preferences, and some gene varian
Performing blood counts automatically Wednesday, November 17, 2010 - 00:00

The computer-assisted blood cell analysis system HemaCAM by the company Horn has recently been launched on the market and does just this.

DNA can act like Velcro for nanoparticles Wednesday, November 17, 2010 - 00:00
DNA can do more than direct how bodies our made - it can also direct the composition of many kinds of materials, according to a new study from the U.S. Department of Energy's Argonne National Laborato