Biology

Scientists have found the key to mosquitoes’ stealth takeoffs: They barely push off when making a fast getaway, but instead rely on strong and rapid wing beats...
by UC Berkeley
2:38pm
10.20.2017
Scars may fade, but the skin remembers. New research reveals that inflammation-provoking experiences impart long-lasting memories to stem cells residing in the...
by Rockefeller University
2:13pm
10.18.2017
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A research team has discovered how scalding heat and tissue injury activate an ancient “pain” receptor in simple animals. The findings could lead to new...
by Northwestern University
9:32am
10.18.2017
A large-scale genetic study of Streptococcus pneumoniae provides new insight into how recently-introduced vaccines have eliminated many strains from the...
by Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute
9:23am
10.18.2017
New research shows how a protein called p75 is critical for pain signaling, which could one day have implications for treating neurological disorders as well...
by Salk Institute
1:14pm
10.17.2017
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Researchers have identified four genetic links that may help explain why people with obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) feel triggered to repeat rituals and...
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12:13pm
10.17.2017
Little is known about what, if any, role dinosaurs and other large animals like mammoths or elephants play in ecosystem functioning. What would the world be...
by Northern Arizona University
3:07pm
10.16.2017
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Patients taking psilocybin to treat depression show reduced symptoms weeks after treatment following a "reset" of their brain activity.
by Imperial College London
2:42pm
10.13.2017
Investigators have identified a new molecular pathway that controls lifespan and health span in worms and mammals.
by Case Western Reserve University
2:35pm
10.13.2017
In freshwater lakes, microbes regulate the flow of carbon and determine if the bodies of water serve as carbon sinks or carbon sources. Algae and cyanobacteria...
by DOE/Joint Genome Institute
3:35pm
10.11.2017
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Fevers during the first trimester of pregnancy have been linked to birth defects of the heart and facial deformities for decades. Now a team says they’ve...
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3:06pm
10.11.2017
Researchers completed a detailed atlas documenting the stretches of human DNA that influence gene expression -- a key way in which a person's genome gives rise...
by NIH/National Human Genome Research Institute
1:34pm
10.11.2017
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When it comes to birth control, many males turn to two options: condoms or vasectomies. While the two choices are effective, both methods merely focus on...
by Michigan State University
2:08pm
10.10.2017
A DNA variant—located in the DNMT3B gene and commonly found in people of European and African descent—increases the likelihood of developing nicotine...
by RTI International
1:57pm
10.10.2017
Neanderthal mitochondrial DNA was sequenced by a team from the Max Planck Institute in 2008. Ever since, the genetic picture has been increasingly complex,...
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2:37pm
10.9.2017
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About 1,000 human skulls collected from Africa during the era of colonialism will be investigated by German antiquities authorities. The “menschliche Uberreste...
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@SethAugenstein
10:11am
10.9.2017
New findings suggest a mechanism that may explain how infections caused by viruses, such as respiratory syncytial virus, or RSV, measles, parainfluenza and...
by University of Pennsylvania
9:26am
10.6.2017
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Children of divorced parents are more likely to get divorced when compared to those who grew up in two-parent families -- and genetic factors are the primary...
by Virginia Commonwealth University
3:07pm
10.4.2017
A genetic variant associated with multiple psychiatric disorders drives changes in a brain network that may increase an individual's risk of developing bipolar...
by Society for Neuroscience
2:51pm
10.3.2017
Two recent studies shed new light on the mystery of the leading cause of birth defects and miscarriage, laying the foundation for further research in an...
by Northwestern University
1:49pm
10.2.2017
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The immune system is constantly performing surveillance to detect foreign organisms that might do harm. But pathogens, for their part, have evolved a number of...
by University of Pennsylvania
9:19am
10.2.2017
A team of neuroscientists has uncovered how our brains organize, over time, our experiences: that is, according to their similarities.
by New York University
9:08am
10.2.2017
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Researchers identified a "back-up alarm" system in host cells that responds to a pathogen's attempt to subvert the immune system.
by University of Pennsylvania
2:35pm
9.29.2017
Microbes are everywhere—in humans they protect us from harmful bacteria and help us digest food; in soils, they provide nutrients and encourage growth of...
by University of Delaware
8:57am
9.29.2017
As it turns out, size matters. When we search through scenes for a particular object, we often miss even giant targets when their size is inconsistent with the...
by UC Santa Barbara
2:08pm
9.28.2017
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Early research results suggest scientists might be on to a way to preserve heart function after heart attacks or for people with inherited heart defects called...
by Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center
9:28am
9.28.2017
Memory acts like an anchor, reminding us of past experiences that have made us who we are today. Attempts to boost it, particularly as we age, have sprouted...
by American Chemical Society
9:06am
9.28.2017
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Researchers have identified for the first time that tanycytes – cells found in part of the brain that controls energy levels – detect nutrients in food and...
by University of Warwick
2:09pm
9.27.2017
The behavior of babies is impacted by the example set by their parents – but not always in the way expected. Infants who have anxious mothers fixate on threats...
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9:30am
9.27.2017
Schizophrenia, a debilitating disease that disrupts the lives of approximately one percent of the entire world, has been associated with more than 100 genes...
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3:07pm
9.25.2017
Eat too much without exercising and you'll probably put on a few pounds. As it turns out, plant leaves do something similar. In a new study, scientists show...
by Brookhaven National Laboratory
9:18am
9.25.2017
Whether it's running, walking, cycling, swimming or rowing, it's been well-known since ancient times that doing some form of aerobic exercise is essential to...
by University of Virginia
2:00pm
9.22.2017
If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again. Especially if a baby is watching. Children around 15 months old can become more persistent in pursuing a goal if...
by Malcolm Ritter, Associated Press
9:28am
9.22.2017
There's good fat and bad fat in our bodies. The good fat helps burn calories, while the bad fat hoards calories, contributing to weight gain and obesity. Now,...
by Washington University School of Medicine
9:53am
9.21.2017
Even after years of smoking, the body has a remarkable ability to repair itself. Now, scientists report that certain metabolic changes occur soon after...
by American Chemical Society
9:51am
9.21.2017
While immune cells called neutrophils are known to act as infantry in the body’s war on germs, a National Institutes of Health-funded study suggests they can...
by NIH
2:44pm
9.20.2017
The New Nordic Diet is based on large amounts of fiber, especially root vegetables, dark greens, and foraged plants. For some people, it works well to shed the...
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@SethAugenstein
9:38am
9.20.2017
Fluoride in the urine of pregnant women shows a correlation with lower measures of intelligence in their children, according to researchers who conducted the...
by University of Toronto
9:24am
9.20.2017
By studying data from thousands of genomes of people with autism-spectrum disorders, an interdisciplinary team homed in on a gene called TRIO. The TRIO gene...
by Universith of Southern California
2:43pm
9.19.2017
When it comes to male reproductive fertility, timing is everything. Now, scientists are finding new details on how disruption of this timing may contribute to...
by Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center
2:33pm
9.19.2017
Not long ago, scientists placed wagers on the number of genes in the human genome. Some bets ranged upward of 100,000 genes being present. But even the lowest...
by Washington University in St. Louis
9:14am
9.19.2017
It had already been known that the enzyme phosphatidic acid phosphatase plays a crucial role in regulating the amount of fat in the human body. But scientists...
by Rutgers University
2:16pm
9.18.2017
Increased communication between distant brain regions helps older adults compensate for the negative aspects of aging, reports a new study.
by Duke University
2:49pm
9.15.2017
Insects and plants have an important ancient defense mechanism that helps them fight viruses. This is encoded in their DNA. Scientists have long assumed that...
by KU Leuven
2:40pm
9.15.2017
Researchers have confirmed that abnormalities in a common brain chemical are linked to sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). In the first study of its kind...
by University of Adelaide
9:27am
9.15.2017
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