Biology

  • 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 ...

    Biology January 13, 2021
  • Not-so-identical twins

    Monozygotic – “identical” – twins have small genome differences.

    Identical twins have long been touted as an incredible resource for genetics because they’re “genetically identical”....

    Biology January 12, 2021
  • Bacterial bioclock

    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...

    Biology January 9, 2021
  • 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 January 8, 2021
  • Research

    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...

    Mathematics January 6, 2021
  • 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 ...

    Biology December 11, 2020
  • 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...

    Biology December 11, 2020
  • 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...

    Biology December 8, 2020
  • 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...

    Biology December 3, 2020
  • 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...

    Biology November 24, 2020
  • 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...

    Biology November 18, 2020
  • 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...

    Biology November 13, 2020
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