Biology News

New sensor derived from frogs may help fight bacteria and save wildlife Tuesday, October 19, 2010 - 23:00
In the wild, the African clawed frog produces antibacterial peptides, small chains of amino acids on its skin to protect it from infection. Attach these peptides to to a small electronic chip
'Junk DNA' uncovers the nature of our ancient ancestors Tuesday, October 19, 2010 - 23:00
The key to solving one of the great puzzles in evolutionary biology, the origin of vertebrates, animals with an internal skeleton made of bone, has been revealed in new research
Why the leopard got its spots Tuesday, October 19, 2010 - 23:00
Why do leopards have rosette shaped markings but tigers have stripes, Rudyard Kipling suggested that it was because the leopard moved to an environment full of trees and bushes and stripy, speckly, p
Biology rides to computers' aid: Photonic crystals using DNA Monday, October 18, 2010 - 23:00
Photonic crystals could usher in an age of low-power optical computing, but they’re hard to manufacture. Maybe adding a little DNA would help.
Biologists find that a gene's location affects evolutionary change Monday, October 18, 2010 - 23:00
A gene's location on a chromosome plays a significant role in shaping how an organism's traits vary and evolve, according to findings by scientists at Princeton University and New York University.
Plant family tree may help identify species vulnerable to invaders, climate change Monday, October 18, 2010 - 23:00
Trying to understand understand how genetic diversity is distributed within and among plant populations and how this structure may be changing
Iowa State, USDA researchers discover eye test for neurological diseases in livestock Monday, October 18, 2010 - 23:00
The eyes of sheep infected with scrapie - a neurological disorder similar to mad cow disease - return an intense, almost-white glow when they're hit with blue excitation light, according to a research
Bluefin tuna hit hard by 'Deepwater Horizon' disaster Sunday, October 17, 2010 - 23:00
The Gulf of Mexico oil spill couldn't have occurred at a worse time for bluefin tuna. Satellites are helping assess the damage from the disaster on the fish's spawning habitat.