Biology News

Polar Bears: On Thin Ice? Extinction Can Be Averted, Scientists Say Friday, December 17, 2010 - 00:00
Polar bears were added to the threatened species list nearly three years ago when their icy habitat showed steady, precipitous decline because of a warming climate
Shedding new light on embryonic development Thursday, December 16, 2010 - 00:00
Similarities in the embryonic development of various animal species are also found at molecular level
Feast, famine, and the genetics of obesity: you can't have it both ways Wednesday, December 15, 2010 - 00:00
Mice lacking a gene regulating energy balance are protected from weight gain, even on a high fat diet. These findings have implications for the worldwide obesity epidemic and its consequences, such as
Soaring is better than flapping Thursday, December 9, 2010 - 00:00
Small migrating birds also save energy as they fly. Large birds, such as storks, save energy on the flight to their wintering grounds by soaring through the air on thermal currents. Until now, however
35,000 new species 'sitting in cupboards' Thursday, December 9, 2010 - 00:00
Of the estimated 70,000 species of flowering plants yet to be described by scientists, more than half may already have been collected but are lying unknown and unrecognised in collections around the w
New Life Finding Linking Poison Arsenic Thrills The World- Implications On Extraterrestrial Life Friday, December 3, 2010 - 00:00

This week there was extensive news coverage on a recent finding that phosphorous is substituted by the poison arsenic in the genetic material, DNA, of a micro-organism found in a Carlifornia Lake.

Invasive pest danger closer than you think Thursday, December 2, 2010 - 00:00

We concluded that the immediate threat from known invasive insect pests is greater from within the United States than without," the researchers reported in the current issue of Nature Communications

Biologist illuminates unique world of cave creatures Thursday, December 2, 2010 - 00:00
Steven Taylor, a macro-invertebrate biologist with the Illinois Natural History Survey at the University of Illinois, has spent more than two decades plumbing the mysteries of cave life. With the help