Biology News

'Food of the gods' genome sequence could make finest chocolate better Monday, December 27, 2010 - 00:00
The production of high quality chocolate, and the farmers who grow it, will benefit from the recent sequencing and assembly of the chocolate tree genome, according to an international team led by Clai
Without intervention, Mariana crow to become extinct in 75 years Monday, December 27, 2010 - 00:00
Researchers from the University of Washington say the Mariana crow, a forest crow living on Rota Island in the western Pacific Ocean, will go extinct in 75 years.
Winning partners in bloom: Research pairs spring bulbs with various perennials Friday, December 24, 2010 - 00:00
Cornell researchers have taken a lot of the guesswork out of pairing perennials and spring-flowering bulbs. They've conducted trials of dozens of pairings over four years to evaluate how such planting
Seeing double: Africa's two elephant species Friday, December 24, 2010 - 00:00
By comparing the DNA of modern elephants from Africa and Asia to DNA extracted from two extinct species, the woolly mammoth and the mastodon, researchers have concluded that Africa has two-not one-spe
Scientists reveal how biological activity is regulated in fruit fly and roundworm genomes Thursday, December 23, 2010 - 00:00
Scientists today published catalogs of the fruit fly and roundworm's functional genomic elements: DNA sequences in the genome that carry the instructions and determine which genes are turned on and of
Carnegie Mellon Researchers Discover Mechanism for Cell Receptor Recycling Thursday, December 23, 2010 - 00:00
Discovered the mechanism by which signaling receptors recycle, a critical piece in understanding signaling receptor function. Writing in the journal Cell, the team for the first time describes how a s
Genome sequence of 50,000 year old finger bone connect to present-day human Wednesday, December 22, 2010 - 00:00
The genome of the bone found in Denisova cave in 2008 in Southern Siberia is now sequenced. The Denisova bone belonged to a female and is considered to be 30000-50,000 years old. The results publish
Scientists decipher 3 billion-year-old genomic fossils Monday, December 20, 2010 - 00:00

MIT scientists have created a sort of genomic fossil that shows that the collective genome of all life underwent an enormous expansion about 3 billion years ago, which they're calling the Archean Expa