Biology

  • How teeth sense cold temperatures

    New research identifies a protein in teeth that senses the cold.

    Cold teeth can be painful, particularly if they’re decayed. In a new paper, published in Science Advances, scientists...

    Biology March 27, 2021
  • The science behind the blastocyst and iBlastoid

    Monash University-led research team turns skin cells into early-stage embryo model.

    Left to right: Jia Tan, Jose Polo, Xiaodong (Ethan) Liu. Credit: Monash University It was an unanticipated event t...

    Biology March 18, 2021
  • Squeeze like a fungus

    Some fungi species squeeze between cells

    As icky as it sounds, some species of fungus can literally squeeze themselves between plant or animal cells and nestl...

    Biology March 16, 2021
  • Tear glands cry in a dish

    Human stem-cell derived organoids make tears.

    A team of researchers, led by Marie Bannier-Hélaouët of the Hubrecht Institute in the Netherlands, has developed orga...

    Biology March 16, 2021
  • Deceptive smells

    Mammal predators can be tricked into leaving vulnerable NZ birds alone.

    It’s not only humans who can be fooled with misinformation to change their choices. Animals can be tricked too, it se...

    Animals March 11, 2021
  • Long-held theory of vertebrate evolution upended

    Fossils indicate lamprey larvae have evolved – probably not ancient.

    For a long time, it was thought that lampreys – jawless fish of the superclass Cyclostomata – were remnants of a past...

    Biology March 10, 2021
  • Grown bone

    Most life-like bone organoid to date.

    Put away your Skele-gro, because growing new bones might be the realm of science, not magic. Researchers at Eindho...

    Biology March 9, 2021
  • Headless? No hindrance…

    Japanese researchers discover a remarkable ability in an already interesting sea slug.

    Move aside salamander, this sea slug is about to blow your regeneration powers out of the water. Scientists from N...

    Biology March 9, 2021
  • Explainer: mutation and disease in the Folbigg case

    The major consequences of genetic mutation.

    The recent petition calling for Kathleen Folbigg’s release hinges on cutting edge science that has identified a small...

    Biology March 4, 2021
  • Focus

    Folbigg case: timelines compared

    How the advancement of genomic sequencing informed the Folbigg story

    Genomic data was not available during the first trial of the Folbigg case. Now that technology has improved the effic...

    Biology March 4, 2021
  • Genetically modified mosquitoes for better health

    Research has found that disease-resistant mosquitoes could lower disease transmission.

    What is the risk of getting a disease from a genetically modified mozzie? Mosquitoes are responsible for spreading...

    Biology March 4, 2021
  • Dazzle to survive

    Scientists reveal the evolutionary history of fairy wrasses.

    Diversification of the stunningly colourful fairy wrasses was propelled by sea-level changes during the last ice age,...

    Biology March 4, 2021
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