Biology News

A tale of reduction and reversion: Rare ginkgo fossils shed light on seed development Monday, November 22, 2010 - 00:00
In the Paleozoic Era, but more particularly in the succeeding Mesozoic Age, plants related to the modern ginkgo were distributed worldwide, and had diversified into many families and genera.
Girl Power: No Male? No Problem for Female Boa Constrictor Monday, November 22, 2010 - 00:00
Researchers at North Carolina State University have discovered that female boa constrictors can squeeze out babies without mating.
Scripps Research Scientists Identify First Synthetic Activator of Two Critical Proteins Monday, November 22, 2010 - 00:00
Discovery Could Produce New Approaches to Treat Numerous Metabolic Disorders. Identified a novel synthetic activator of a pair of proteins that belong to a protein family playing key roles in human m
Trigger Mechanism Provides 'Quality Control' in Cell Division Monday, November 22, 2010 - 00:00
identified a previously undiscovered trigger mechanism for a quality control checkpoint at the very end of the cell division process in a paper to be published in the November 29 issue of The Journal
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