Parasitic wasps use calcium pump to block fruit fly immunity
Parasitic wasps switch off the immune systems of fruit flies by draining calcium from the flies' blood cells, a finding that offers new insight into how pathogens break through a host's defenses.
Finding Nematostella: An ancient sea creature
A study of tentacle-formation in a sea anemone shows how epithelial cells form elongated structures and puts the spotlight on a new model organism.
Hares, turtles, and the race to unravel genetic diversity
If you thought the only way to solve a puzzle was by looking at a picture of its end result as you go, guess again. Using an innovative approach to the study of genetic diversity, an international research ...
Nothing bugs these NASA aeronautical researchers
(Phys.org) —NASA's gutsiest scientists say they don't get bugged no matter what kind of sticky situation they find themselves smashed into. The preceding dose of hyperbole is brought to you by a team of ...
Discovery of wound-healing genes in flies could mitigate human skin ailments
Biologists at UC San Diego have identified eight genes never before suspected to play a role in wound healing that are called into action near the areas where wounds occur.
A surprising new function for small RNAs in evolution
An international research team in including Christian Schlötterer and Alistair McGregor of the Vetmeduni Vienna has discovered a completely new mechanism by which evolution can change the appearance of an ...
Researchers digest how gut 'bugs' affect health
We might be what our bacteria eat, says a Cornell entomology professor, who is using the tiny fruit fly to investigate this gutsy idea.
UGA research finds sterilized dogs live longer
Many dog owners have their pets spayed or neutered to help control the pet population, but new research from the University of Georgia suggests the procedure could add to the length of their lives and alter ...
Reproductive tract secretions elicit ovulation
Eggs take a long time to produce in the ovary, and thus are one of a body's precious resources. It has been theorized that the body has mechanisms to help the ovary ensure that ovulated eggs enter the reproductive tract at ...
Nanosuits help small creatures survive a vacuum
Self-medication in animals much more widespread than believed
It's been known for decades that animals such as chimpanzees seek out medicinal herbs to treat their diseases. But in recent years, the list of animal pharmacists has grown much longer, and it now appears that the practice ...
Flies with personality
(Phys.org) —Fruit flies may have more individuality and personality than we imagine.
Protein maintains order in the nucleus
Researchers in Freiburg identify a protein responsible for the correct arrangement of the chromosome centromeres in the nucleus.
Fruit flies fed organic diets are healthier than flies fed nonorganic diets, study finds
(Phys.org) —A new study looking at the potential health benefits of organic versus non-organic food found that fruit flies fed an organic diet recorded better health outcomes than flies fed a nonorganic diet.