Down with the (antibiotic) resistance!
Phages force problem bacteria to expose themselves to antibiotics.
How do you stop a superbug from fighting an antibiotic? Try giving it another enemy. Acinetobacter baumannii is a ...
Monozygotic – “identical” – twins have small genome differences.
Identical twins have long been touted as an incredible resource for genetics because they’re “genetically identical”....
Some single-celled micro-organisms have circadian rhythms.
The ebb and flow of our daily lives revolves largely around our sleep cycle, which is governed by our body’s biologic...
Lockdown loaves show growth potential
COVID-caught bioengineers rise baking interests to new levels.
Baking the perfect bread - for cell growth. Credit: Andrew Pelling As any baking enthusiast will tell you, it’s al...
Biology by the numbers
Biological sciences and maths have a growing friendship.
Before 2020, the phrase “mathematical modelling” may have made your eyes glaze over. But as COVID-19 escalated across...
Scientists brave enough to grow a spine
Stem cells self-organise into trunk-like structures.
Growing an embryo outside the body may not be that far away. German scientists report that they have successfully ...
Human egg cells are imperfect too often
Failure to recombine surprisingly common, study finds.
The events that happen before life begins can go wrong surprisingly often. An important one is meiosis, where cell...
Natural selection and the pressure to evolve
There’s a lot to learn when a gene turns green.
Some genes might not mind a bit of extra pressure when it comes to evolution. A Swiss team led by Andreas Wagner o...
The protein that walks, folds and rests
New images provide insights into muscle disorders.
The myosin protein is well known for walking, but now it seems it also sleeps. 3D visualisation of: top, the shutd...
When bacteria behave like liquid crystals
Two studies watch closely as they move and build.
Two studies just released cast new light on the cunning ways of bacteria. Both involve collaboration – and prompt com...
Making saliva is quite a complex business
Study tracks down where all the proteins come from.
There’s more to saliva than meets the eye – and mouth. Researchers in the US and Norway have taken a close look at wh...
A cheat sheet to help know your neurons
Researchers develop new way to sort and classify them.
Not all neurons are equal, so researcher are building a “cheat sheet” to clarify things. In the largest categorisa...