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...
Microbiota catalogue just got bigger
Thousands of new species discovered using DNA.
Scientists have deciphered 12,566 new species of microbiotas from DNA samples, expanding the diversity of bacteria an...
A great African gene migration
New variants reveal patterns of human movement.
Exploring a huge number of genes has helped uncover migration of early humans and the evolution of disease-resistant ...
Big brains, big math scores
Genes could be the reason you’re a natural – or not.
A gene called ROBO1 helps brain development, which can also lead to higher math scores, according to new German resea...
Healthy bacteria thrive in gut before birth
Microbiota help healthy foetuses grow.
Micro-organisms in the gut microbiome begin growing in foetuses as early as five months, new research shows. In a ...
Cancer-killing T cells ‘swarm’ to tumours
Chemical signals attract others to the fight.
When immune system T cells find and recognise a target, they release chemicals to attract more T cells which then swa...
New clues as to why we often don’t see things
Travelling brain waves may both help and hinder.
Next time you can’t find the car keys sitting right in front of you, try blaming your “travelling brain waves”. Sc...
The value of cellular self-sacrifice
An ancient organism’s ways similar to our own
Scientists have uncovered how one of the oldest and simplest animals on Earth sacrifices its own cells for the benefi...
Shedding new light on how males develop
Researchers find a missing gene fragment
By Peter Koopman, University of Queensland It’s one of the most important genes in biology: “Sry”, the gene that m...
I’d know those finger veins anywhere
Researchers up the ante on biometric authentication.
Forget fingerprints or facial features. Your veins could become the go-to for secure ID and authentication. "The 3...