Forensic speciation: Splicing genetic and phylogenic trees of life
Alan Turing's 1950s tiger stripe theory proved
Researchers from King's College London have provided the first experimental evidence confirming a great British mathematician's theory of how biological patterns such as tiger stripes or leopard spots are ...
Communication channel between cells and machines paves way toward bio-hybrid robots
Friendly Fungi: Elucidating the fungal biosynthesis of stipitatic acid
Herbivore drool defeats fungal defence
A report in Biology Letters shows that the drool of herbivores might help defeat the toxic fungal defences of the plants they graze on.
Plants do sums to get through the night, researchers show
(Phys.org) —New research shows that to prevent starvation at night, plants perform accurate arithmetic division. The calculation allows them to use up their starch reserves at a constant rate so that they ...
New hope for powdery mildew resistant barley
New research at the University of Adelaide has opened the way for the development of new lines of barley with resistance to powdery mildew.
30,000-year-old virus from permafrost is reborn
French scientists said Monday they had revived a giant but harmless virus that had been locked in the Siberian permafrost for more than 30,000 years.
Extinct human cousin gave Tibetans advantage at high elevation
Tibetans were able to adapt to high altitudes thanks to a gene picked up when their ancestors mated with a species of human they helped push to extinction, according to a new report by University of California, ...
New potential way to control spread of insect-borne disease
A cross-disciplinary team is calling for public discussion about a potential new way to solve longstanding global ecological problems by using an emerging technology called "gene drives." The advance could ...
Clone collection: First comprehensive library of master genetic switches in plants
Researchers have created the first comprehensive library of genetic switches in plants, setting the stage for scientists around the globe to better understand how plants adapt to environmental changes and to design more robust ...
Oetzi's 'non-human' DNA
Oetzi's human genome was decoded from a hip bone sample taken from the 5,300 year old mummy. However the tiny sample weighing no more than 0.1 g provides so much more information. A team of scientists from EURAC in Bolzano ...
Rising temperatures hinder Indian wheat production
Geographers at the University of Southampton have found a link between increasing average temperatures in India and a reduction in wheat production.