Lab-grown cells used to study viruses
Ability to ‘fast fail’ may accelerate success.
Australian scientists have found that human airway cells grown in a laboratory can reliably be used to study respirat...
Understanding how brains fold and misfold
Study offers new genetic insights into a critical process.
Australian and Swiss researchers say they have new clues to how a baby’s brain folds as it develops in the womb, a pr...
Cancelling noise and being green
Physicists and biologists model photosynthesis.
Successful photosynthesis is in part about cancelling out noise, according to a unique new model created by a team of...
Human embryo model created from stem cells
Scientists explore a key stage of development.
British and Dutch scientists have developed a model to study early human development that uses human embryonic stem c...
Genes linked to evolution of languages
A musical background helps too, research suggests.
If you say “ma” in Mandarin, you could be saying mother, hemp, horse or scold, depending purely on your pitch. Thi...
Human tumours harbour unique bacteria
Study shows they are found even in ‘sterile’ tissue.
Different human tumour types harbour their own unique bacterial communities, according to a new and comprehensive mic...
Viewing the neurons of the heart in 3D
New virtual model may be a model for others.
Researchers in the US have reported the development of a virtual 3D heart that digitally showcases the unique network...
Friedrich Miescher gets ahead of the double helix
Swiss physician started the story of DNA.
In just over 75 years, DNA – deoxyribonucleic acid – has risen in public and scientific status from being “an obscure...
Bacteria seek safety before attacking teeth
Researchers get in close to study their structure.
The bacteria that cause tooth decay protect themselves by hiding in a multilayered community of other bacteria and po...
Malaria parasite has an inbuilt clock
Understanding its rhythm could help defeat it.
The parasite that causes malaria has its own internal clock, according to two new US studies published in the journal...
Study identifies gene variant linked to height
It’s common in Peru, but absent from European genomes.
Researchers in the US say they have identified the single largest genetic contributor to height known to date. The...
Why not all twins are identical
Academics explain an evolutionary puzzle.
When a mother gives birth to twins, the offspring are not always identical or even the same gender. Known as fraterna...