Latest science news in Biology & Nature

Study reveals how ionising radiation damages DNA and causes cancer

1 week ago from

For the first time, researchers from the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute and their collaborators have been able to identify in human cancers two characteristic patterns of DNA damage caused by...

The proteins that domesticated our genomes

1 week ago from

EPFL scientists have carried out a genomic and evolutionary study of a large and enigmatic family of human proteins, to demonstrate that it is responsible for harnessing the millions of...

Baby sharks are eating the birds that live in your backyard

1 week ago from

Animals Tiger shark barf reveals sparrows and woodpeckers are on the menu. Sharks eat birds. And not just gulls and other seafaring avians, either....

Unique genetic adaptation lets deep-sea fish see color in the darkness

1 week ago from

While people and other vertebrates are color blind in dim light, some deep-sea fish may possess keen color vision to thrive in the near total darkness of their extreme environment...

In tree rings, signs that climate change started boosting drought risk long ago

1 week ago from

Each spring, hikers flock to Figueroa Mountain, 30 miles northwest of Santa Barbara, to revel in the colorful displays of California poppies and purple lupine. But it’s the gnarled oaks...

How bamboo-eating pandas trick their bodies into thinking they are carnivores

1 week ago from

On the outside, giant pandas look like herbivores. They spend nearly all of their waking hours eating bamboo. But on the inside, they’re built like carnivores. About half of the...

In a world cloaked in darkness, these fish may have a unique way of seeing colors

1 week ago from

Scientists have long presumed that the creatures in the deep ocean experienced a dark, colorless world. But some of the fish who live there may be able to see colors...

Watch as bacterial cells help each other outsmart antibiotic drugs

1 week ago from

Bacteria cells with an antibiotic resistance gene (in green) share DNA with other bacteria cells that lack the gene (in red). After the DNA has been transfered and used to...

Tiny fish make a huge impact on coral reef ecosystems

1 week ago from

The survival of coral reef ecosystems relies on seldom-seen, historically overlooked cryptobenthic reef fishes – the smallest of marine vertebrates.  (Video by Simon Brandl, Music by Carlos Estella)

A Chip Off the Old Block

1 week ago from

Living 3D versions of human organs called Tissue Chips are being sent to the International Space Station to be studied in microgravity. Read this story Video Links: A Chip off the Old Block...

Harvard scientists uncover key allowing deadly viruses to replicate

1 week ago from

Viruses are masterful invaders. They cannibalize host cells by injecting their genetic material, often making thousands of copies of themselves in a single cell to ensure their replication and survival. Some RNA viruses...

Harvard grad searches for knowledge in what lemurs leave behind

1 week ago from

This is one in a series of profiles showcasing some of Harvard’s stellar graduates.  It was just poop, but it was something of a dream come true for Camille DeSisto. The Harvard...

Harvard researcher records neural activity ‘live’

1 week ago from

Red and blue lights flash, and a machine whirs like a distant swarm of bees. In a cubicle-sized room, Yoav Adam captures something no one has ever seen before: neurons flashing in...

Biodiversity loss mars SDG success, report finds

1 week ago from

A quarter of species are under threat, devastating livelihoods around the globe.

Q&A: ‘Things can change’: new head of global biodiversity platform

1 week ago from

Ana María Hernández, first woman IPBES chair, says protecting threatened species requires a wholesale shift in attitudes.

Simulations reveal how sharp boundaries endure in soft tissue

1 week ago from

Research could help explain how cells organize into complex living systems

Maze Therapeutics raises $191 million to figure out why some mutations cause genetic disease, and others don't

1 week ago from

The firm is building a platform to discover and drug genetic modifiers, genes that can negate the harmful effects of other genes

Carbon nanotubes deliver DNA into plant cells

1 week ago from

Two new methods relying on the nanomaterial may simplify genetic modification

CRISPR base editors cause unexpected mutations

1 week ago from

A pair of studies show that cytidine base editors, but not adenine editors, create off-target edits

Lemons are sour. Here's why.

1 week ago from

Researchers discover two proton pumps that pack citrus fruit full of acid

Imports of used PFAS into US scrutinized

1 week ago from

Regulators examine Chemours's shipments of GenX fluoroethers to North Carolina for reprocessing

Synthetic cells protect DNA circuits

1 week ago from

Encapsulation strategy could eventually help DNA-based computers to diagnose diseases or dispense drugs

Cleaner environments have more-resistant microbes

1 week ago from

Hospitals have less-diverse microbial populations, and those microbes have more resistance mechanisms

Small molecule mimics flu-blocking antibodies

1 week ago from

Compound protects mice from lethal forms of influenza. Chemists could use a similar design approach to target other viruses.

Genomics identifies possible biomarker genes for preterm birth

1 week ago from

Highlighted genes are involved in growth signaling, inflammation, and immunity

Synthetic cells protect DNA circuits

1 week ago from

Encapsulation strategy could eventually help DNA-based computers diagnose diseases or dispense drugs.

The chemistry behind marigolds' pest-control power

1 week ago from

The flowers produce limonene, which keeps the glasshouse whitefly away from tomato plants

Fingerprints are more than just patterns; they're chemical identities

1 week ago from

Researchers are developing chemical analyses and advanced DNA techniques to get more evidence out of fingerprints