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Making new species without sex

Occasionally, two different plant species interbreed with each other in nature. This usually causes problems since the genetic information of both parents does not match. But sometimes nature uses a trick. ...

Jun 10, 2014 4.9 / 5 (19) 4

Researchers develop mRNA based flu vaccine

(Phys.org)—A joint research effort by the Friedrich-Loeffler-Institute and pharmaceutical company CureVac, both based in Germany, has resulted in the creation of a new type of flu vaccine. The vaccine, as the team describes ...

Nov 26, 2012 5 / 5 (10) 0 | with audio podcast report

The coelacanth leads a monogamous life

Scientists have successfully analyzed the genetic make-up of the offspring of pregnant coelacanth females for the first time. They found that the likelihood that the offspring is fathered by one single individual ...

Sep 19, 2013 5 / 5 (10) 9 | with audio podcast

Astro-virology

In HG Wells' 'The War of the Worlds', the invading Martians were beaten by that most unassuming of combatants – the common cold. Could the reverse happen and alien viruses pose a threat to human astronauts ...

Nov 29, 2013 4.4 / 5 (8) 1 | with audio podcast