Biology News

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
NASA-Funded Research Discovers Life Built With Toxic Chemical Thursday, December 2, 2010 - 00:00
Researchers conducting tests in the harsh environment of Mono Lake in California have discovered the first known microorganism on Earth able to thrive and reproduce using the toxic chemical arsenic. T
Inexpensive, on-farm method controls invasive beetle Wednesday, December 1, 2010 - 00:00
Spreading the word about an on-farm biocontrol method to solve the problems caused by the destructive invasive species alfalfa snout beetle (ASB).
3 Questions: Evelyn Fox Keller on the nature-nurture debates Wednesday, December 1, 2010 - 00:00
In a new book, prominent historian of science dismisses the 'unanswerable' question of whether heredity or the environment matter more in human development.
Mildew-resistant and infertile Tuesday, November 30, 2010 - 00:00
Two proteins involved in powdery mildew infection in plants also play an important role in fertilization