Researchers pump up oil accumulation in plant leaves
Increasing the oil content of plant biomass could help fulfill the nation's increasing demand for renewable energy feedstocks. But many of the details of how plant leaves make and break down oils have remained ...
Biodiversity is more than just a numbers game
A new look at one of ecology's unsolved puzzles—why biodiversity is higher in the tropics compared with colder regions—revealed that while this long-recognized pattern holds true for the sheer number ...
Adam's rib, revisited: Evolutionary divergence of mammalian sex chromosomes
Sets & the city: World Science Festival 2012, New York style (Part 2 of 2)
The ultimate biofilament: Hagfish slime
Nucleoids and the structure of life
Around the world in 400,000 years: The journey of the red fox
Imagine attempting to trace your genetic history using only information from your mother's side. That's what scientists studying the evolution of the red fox had been doing for decades.
Live and let-7: MicroRNA plays surprising role in cell survival
Researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine have identified a microRNA molecule as a surprisingly crucial player in managing cell survival and growth. The findings, published ...
New theorem determines the age distribution of populations from fruit flies to humans
The initial motivation was to estimate the age structure of a fruit fly population, the result a fundamental theorem that can help determine the age distribution of essentially any group.
Forensic speciation: Splicing genetic and phylogenic trees of life
Enlisting evolutionary biology against modern threats
To many, the term evolutionary biology encompasses the realm of fossils, dinosaurs and changes over eons.
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 ...
How bacteria evolve defenses to antibiotics
High-resolution cryo-electron microscopy has now revealed in unprecedented detail the structural changes in the bacterial ribosome which results in resistance to the antibiotic erythromycin.