Biology

  • Giddy-up: origins of the domestic horse uncovered

    Ancient equine mystery traced to the steppes of the northern Caucasus.

    The modern domestic horse is beloved worldwide as a favoured pet or an aid in the busy work of tending crops and live...

    Civilisations October 21, 2021
  • Watching proteins dance

    Study finds a way to visualise these teeny powerhouses of the body.

    Proteins are so small that visualising them working in a cell has long been elusive, but a new study, published in Ce...

    Biology October 19, 2021
  • Why are viruses considered non-living?

    Viruses lack many of the features that are considered signs of life.

    Viruses: living or non-living? Viruses are responsible for some of the world's most dangerous and deadly diseases, i...

    Biology October 15, 2021
  • Epigenetics and pregnancy stress: should we be scared?

    Does stress affect unborn babies, or is that idea just another stress for mothers?

    Preparing for a child is hard, and it’s only exacerbated by all the information that gets thrown at mothers about wha...

    Biology October 14, 2021
  • Can we really extract ancient DNA from dinosaurs?

    Delve into the science behind ancient DNA – what exactly is it, and how easy is it to extract fro...

    From million-year-old dinosaur remains to ‘resurrecting’ mammoths, stories in the news about ancient DNA make it seem...

    Palaeontology October 7, 2021
  • Mosquito sterility to manage disease

    The results are in for an Australian-led research team that used bacteria to sterilise male mosqu...

    Sterility may be the answer to eradicating mosquito-borne disease in Australia, a breakthrough study shows. An int...

    Biology October 5, 2021
  • Ebola resurfaced: some viruses are never really gone

    What caused the recent ‘resurrection’ of the Ebola virus?

    Seven years after the last Ebola epidemic in Guinea, the virus has once again raised its ugly head, with 23 cases and...

    Body and Mind October 4, 2021
  • Can human bodies really be cryogenically frozen?

    With Australia’s first cryogenics facility set to open this year, will human cryopreservation eve...

    It’s a story that has all the makings of a good science-fiction thriller – intrigue, an explosive romantic breakdown ...

    Biology September 16, 2021
  • How is RT-PCR used to diagnose COVID-19?

    It’s fast, reliable and full of lines – but might look different to the PCR you learned about in ...

    We have talked about polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests before. But the ‘in the wild’ diagnostic methods are sligh...

    Biology September 14, 2021
  • How a leopard gets its spots

    Study identifies a specific gene that may influence the colour and pattern of animal fur.

    It’s been a more than 70-year mystery in the making, but now we may finally understand how the leopard got its spots ...

    Animals September 8, 2021
  • Hot single (cells) in your (ancient) area!

    New model suggests that temperature difference was the main force driving the reproduction and di...

    One simple factor could have made all the difference to cells on the ancient Earth: temperature. A new computation...

    Biology September 4, 2021
  • Cute critter alert: watch a tardigrade go for a walk

    These microscopic beasties walk like insects, new study reveals.

    A tardigrade goes for a walk on 50 kPa gel, sagittal view. It’s not every day you get to watch a tardigrade go for...

    Biology September 1, 2021
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