University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Study of giant viruses shakes up tree of life

A new study of giant viruses supports the idea that viruses are ancient living organisms and not inanimate molecular remnants run amok, as some scientists have argued. The study reshapes the universal family ...

Sep 13, 2012 4.8 / 5 (24) 2 | with audio podcast

Scientists put a pox on dog cancer

Researchers report that myxoma – a pox virus that afflicts rabbits but not humans, dogs or any other vertebrates so far studied – infects several different types of canine cancer cells in cell culture while sparing healthy ...

Sep 10, 2012 5 / 5 (4) 1

Forensic tools for catching poachers

The trade in ivory was largely outlawed in 1989, but poaching continues and remains a serious threat to the African elephant. Seizures of large amounts of ivory, sometimes over a ton, continue to occur. Research by Alfred ...

Aug 06, 2012 1 / 5 (1) 0