Shape-shifting frog discovered in Ecuadorian Andes
A frog in Ecuador's western Andean cloud forest changes skin texture in minutes, appearing to mimic the texture it sits on.
US lawyer argues chimps are people too
Attorney Steven Wise is on a crusade to prove that, as a matter of law, chimps are people too.
Scientists find DNA is packaged like a yoyo
To pack two meters of DNA into a microscopic cell, the string of genetic information must be wound extremely carefully into chromosomes. Surprisingly the DNA's sequence causes it to be coiled and uncoiled ...
'Attract and kill:' Trapping malaria mosquito mums before they lay eggs
In a world first, researchers have found that a naturally occurring chemical attracts pregnant malaria-transmitting mosquitoes - a discovery which could boost malaria control efforts.
Beards as badges of honour?
Are beards 'in' again because guys are under pressure? Maybe.
Bacteria 'hotwire their genes' to fix a faulty motor
Researchers at the University of York are part of a team of scientist that has discovered how bacteria can restart their 'outboard motor' by hotwiring their own genes.
Supercomputers help solve puzzle-like bond for biofuels
One of life's strongest bonds has been discovered by a science team researching biofuels with the help of supercomputers. Their find could boost efforts to develop catalysts for biofuel production from non-food ...
Molecular ruler sets bacterial needle length
When a salmonella bacterium attacks a cell, it uses a nanoscopic needle to inject it with proteins to aid the infection. If the needle is too short, the cell won't be infected. Too long, and the needle breaks. ...
Bioengineers put human hearts on a chip to aid drug screening
When University of California, Berkeley, bioengineers say they are holding their hearts in the palms of their hands, they are not talking about emotional vulnerability.
Untangling DNA with a droplet of water, a pipet and a polymer
Researchers have long sought an efficient way to untangle DNA in order to study its structure - neatly unraveled and straightened out - under a microscope. Now, chemists and engineers at KU Leuven, in Belgium, ...
Researchers devise new method to identify disease markers
UCLA life scientists have created an accurate new method to identify genetic markers for many diseases—a significant step toward a new era of personalized medicine, tailored to each person's DNA and RNA.
Researchers create fast-growing trees that are easier to turn into fuel
Researchers at the University of Georgia have discovered that manipulation of a specific gene in a hardwood tree species not only makes it easier to break down the wood into fuel, but also significantly increases ...
Cockroaches made to follow directions via wireless nerve stimulation
Researchers activate ancient mammalian sex development gene
University of Queensland scientists have brought a retired sex gene in mammals back to life, proving it can still switch on male development in mice despite not having done so for millions of years.