Genetic engineering alters mosquitoes' sense of smell
In one of the first successful attempts at genetically engineering mosquitoes, Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) researchers have altered the way the insects respond to odors, including the smell of humans ...
Study is first to pinpoint how corals make their mineral skeletons
Rutgers scientists have described for the first time the biological process of how corals create their skeletons – destined to become limestones – which form massive and ecologically vital coral reefs ...
Gannets don't eat off each other's plates, researchers show
Colonies of gannets maintain vast exclusive fishing ranges despite doing nothing to defend their territory from rival colonies, scientists have discovered.
Scientists isolate new population of pluripotent stem cells in fat removed during liposuction
Researchers from the UCLA Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology have isolated a new population of primitive, stress-resistant human pluripotent stem cells easily derived from fat tissue that are able to ...
Optimal stem cell reprogramming through sequential protocols
Discovering one reason why swarming evolved offers tantalizing clues on how intelligence developed
Many animals – from locusts to fish – live in groups and swarm, but scientists aren't sure why or how this behavior evolved. Now a multidisciplinary team of Michigan State University scientists has used ...
How does inbreeding avoidance evolve in plants?
Inbreeding is generally deleterious, even in flowering plants. Since inbreeding raises the risk that bad copies of a gene will be expressed, inbred progeny suffer from reduced viability.
'Lizard King' fossil shows giant reptiles coexisted with mammals during globally warm past
Some 40 million years before rock and roll singer Jim Morrison's lyrics earned him the moniker "the Lizard King," an actual king lizard roamed the hot tropical forests of Southeast Asia, competing with mammals ...
Personality is the result of nurture, not nature, suggests new study on birds
Researchers at the University of Exeter and the University of Hamburg investigated how personality is transferred between generations. They found that foster parents have a greater influence on the personalities ...
Mutant mosquitoes lose their appetite for humans
(Phys.org) —What draws a mosquito to bite its host has long been studied from the perspective of the victim—uncovering which smells and chemicals lure the insect in. But researchers at Rockefeller's Laboratory ...
New screening technique paves the way for protein drugs from bacteria
A cheaper, more efficient technique for developing complex protein drugs from bacteria has been developed at the University of Sheffield.
Cause for celebration as Iberian lynx caught on camera in western Portugal
An Iberian lynx has been photographed in western Portugal following an incredible 250 kilometre journey from Spain, reports Portugal's Institute for Nature Conservation and Forestry (ICNF).
Researchers decipher an alternative mechanism of intracellular protein trafficking
Research, published on the cover of the journal Traffic, describes existing alternative mechanisms to the traditional export model of newly synthesized membrane and secretory proteins from the endoplasmic reticu ...
Cells like us stick together
Once upon a time all cells were solitary, going about the everyday business of life on their own.