Biology

My Grandmother Was Italian. Why Aren't My Genes Italian?

Maybe you got one of those find-your-ancestry kits over the holidays. You've sent off your awkwardly-collected saliva sample and now you're awaiting your results. If your experience is anything like that of me and my mom, you may find surprises — not the dramatic "switched at birth," but results …

DNA

Scientists Have Figured Out Why Human Skin Doesn't Leak

Despite us losing 500 million skin cells per day.<p>Our skin might give us grief sometimes, but one thing we can always depend on it to do is not start …

Skin Care

Our Memory Comes from an Ancient Virus, Neuroscientists Say

This study is radically changing how we view the process of evolution.<br>Read More

Animals

Why we shouldn't be concerned that the Y chromosome is becoming extinct

The Y chromosome may be a symbol of masculinity, but it is becoming increasingly clear that it is anything but strong and enduring. Although it …

Genetics

Scientists Discover Worm That Has Three Sexes

Scientists have found a species of worm that has three sexes. The worm produces males females and hermaphrodites which is a biological term for an …

Offbeat News

This parasitic plant hijacks its victim's genes - Futurity

In order to sap nutrients and water from other plants, dodder silences defensive genes in its hosts.

Gardening

Scientists Warn World Is Now "More Vulnerable to Smallpox" After Controversial Virus Synthesis

Uh oh.<p>It's been described as the deadliest disease in human history, and scientists are warning the world may have just inched closer to seeing its …

Science

Personalized Diets: Can Your Genes Really Tell You What To Eat?

The idea that each of us has a unique nutrition blueprint within our genes is a delicious concept.<p>Perhaps, this helps explain the growth in personalized nutrition testing and services such as Habit, Profile Precise and Nutrigenomix.<p>So, what exactly can these tests tell you?<p>Kimberly Desjardine, 52, …

Molecular Biology

Breakthrough in restoring vision: Genes from algae could cure blindness

Blindness can be treated by inserting algae gene into people's eyes.<p>An innovative gene therapy, which has been invented by a French biopharma …

Molecular Biology

Thermo-triggered release of a genome-editing machinery by modified gold nanoparticles for tumor therapy

Gene editing is one of the hottest topics in cancer research. A Chinese research team has now developed a gold-nanoparticle-based multifunctional …

Science

Cold nose? You may be working too hard

The next time you suspect you are overdoing things mentally, a quick check of your nose temperature could prove illuminating.<p>Scientists have discovered that a cold hooter is a sign of thinking too hard.<p>In a new study, in which researchers used thermal imaging cameras on the faces of 14 volunteers …

Physiology

Feeling skint? Sell your DNA

Is it time to cash-in your most valuable asset?<p>When it comes to bizarre money-making schemes, usually we’d be wary of anything involving your …

DNA

Plants have 50 times more sensing receptors than humans to help them react to the environment

Plants can now be made to resist environmental changes like global warming.<p>Plants can see, hear, smell and even respond to threats caused by virulent …

A natural remedy for the Danube's destructive floods

Over the past few decades, the Danube basin has been swept by increasingly devastating floods, causing widespread damage and even casualties in the countries crossed by the river.<p>Floods are natural occurrences. However, they can turn destructive when rivers are disconnected from their natural …

Ecology

Potassium’s Purpose

Biological systems are a complex web of chemical interactions that generate energy, sustain homeostasis and promote reproductive success. In the two …

Cannabis Industry

Heat loss from the Earth triggers ice sheet slide towards the sea

Greenland's ice sheet is becoming smaller and smaller. The melting takes place with increased strength and at a speed that no models have previously …

Global Warming

Choosing The Right Genomics Lab: Taking A Step Towards Genetic Testing

Undergoing a genetic test to understand one’s risk of cancer can be a daunting task. To begin with, the test is quite new and adding to that it is …

DNA

Vaccines not protecting farmed fish from disease

The vaccines used by commercial fish farmers are not protecting fish from disease, according to a new study.<p>The study was compiled by researchers at …

Ecology

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Philosophy

Philip Nelson, Biological Physics, University of Pennsylvania

"Mr. J. Ruskin is about to begin a work of great importance and, therefore, begs that in reference to calls and correspondence you will consider him …

Physics

Scientists worry brain-wasting ‘zombie deer’ disease could spread to humans

Deer across North America are dying from a mysterious disease that gradually destroys the animal’s nervous system.<p>And scientists are concerned that …

Public Health

Your burger habit could be threatened by weather chaos — but gene editing could help us save cows and avoid ‘mass famine’

• <b>Producing meat is a resource-intensive and wasteful process. Pigs and cows require land to graze and crops to eat; water is used throughout the process.</b>• <b><br>Climate change and a growing population will turn up the heat on these resources.</b>• <b><br>A handful of companies are trying to solve the problem with</b> …

Agriculture

This Microneedle Patch Could Eliminate Obesity By Changing The Biochemistry Of Fat

A new microneedle patch could eliminate obesity by changing the biochemistry of fat and turning back the clock on your metabolism.<p>The new patch is …

Cannabis

This Man Ate Salmon Sashimi Every Day Until a Tapeworm Slithered Out of His Body

Warning: This is a little disturbing.<p>He told an emergency room physician he had a liking for raw fish – specifically, salmon sashimi.<p>It's what the …

Medicine

Toxic substance may yield male birth control pill

A new study brings us one step closer to a birth control pill for men, and it comes from an unlikely source: a plant-derived poison once used on the …

Medicine

NASA Should Start Looking For Viruses On Other Planets, Scientists Suggest

Forget about aliens, let’s start searching for viruses in our Solar System. Although scientists have been studying the infectious agents for decades, …

U.S. Geological Survey

‘Dark’ DNA

For long, scientists have been puzzled by the fact that long strands of DNA apparently have no real function. What is more, these strands are …

DNA

Speedy DNA nanorobot could lead to molecular factories

DNA-based robots promise all kinds of microscopic machinery, but there's a major obstacle: they're slow. Existing designs that use biochemical processes for movement can take <i>hours</i> to shuffle molecules around, which makes them utterly impractical for anything time sensitive. That might not a hurdle …

Technology

Is Killing Introduced Predators "Absolutely Necessary"?

<b>New Zealand recognizes nonhuman animals as sentient beings but it's okay to kill them by the millions using horrifically painful methods</b><p><i>Sentience,</i> …

New Zealand

Biologists identify key step in lung cancer evolution

<i>Blocking the transition to a more aggressive state could offer a new treatment strategy.</i>The post Biologists identify key step in lung cancer …

Molecular Biology