A new study could explain why DNA and not RNA, its older chemical cousin, is the main repository of genetic information. The DNA double helix is a more forgiving molecule that can contort itself into different shapes to absorb ...
The forward march of science often blunders into the realization that nature's way of doing things is a lot more complicated than we thought.
Often described as the blueprint of life, DNA contains the instructions for making every living thing from a human to a house fly.
In a matchup of animal superpowers, a clever form of camouflage might beat super sight—at least in the ocean.
Future climate warming will likely cause only minor cuts in energy output at most U.S. coal- or gas-fired power plants, a new Duke University study finds.
Researchers have used CRISPR—a revolutionary new genetic engineering technique—to convert cells isolated from mouse connective tissue directly into neuronal cells.
Proteins are long strings of amino acids jumbled together like earphones left inside of a pocket for too long. But while a protein's mess of intertwined knots may look haphazard, their specific folds are extremely important ...
Researchers have discovered a way to predict which alloys will form metallic glasses. The research could pave the way for new strong, conductive materials.
Engineers and physicians at Duke University have developed a handheld device capable of capturing images of a retina with cellular resolution. The new probe will allow researchers to gather detailed structural information ...
Just the suggestion that an African-American person is of mixed-race heritage makes that person more attractive to others, research from Duke University concludes.