Biology

  • Can you get away with murder?

    Gwen Pearson on “Getting away with Murder”.

    Gwen Pearson over on Wired points us to a fascinating panel she was on recently. Titled “Getting Away with Murder” i...

    Biology September 11, 2014
  • Learning to speak advanced penguin

    An effort to understand what the birds are saying.

    Italian scientists have listened to hundreds of audio and video vocal recordings from a large captive colony of Afric...

    Biology July 30, 2014
  • Gene that doubles risk of lung cancer

    Gene that when misspelt increases risk of lung cancer.

    The world’s longest-lived person, Jeanne Louise Calment, smoked until she was 117 and never got lung cancer. Was she ...

    Biology June 9, 2014
  • An alimentary guide to microbes

    An important role in controlling metabolic diseases.

    Two facts about the human body often surprise people. One is that our bowels are outside our bodies and a second, rel...

    Biology April 14, 2014
  • Cancer detected by a sniff

    New machines hold hopes for improved early detection rates.

    Sometimes life dishes out cruel ironies. In 2007, Claire Guest co-founded a program to train dogs to detect cancer in...

    Biology March 10, 2014
  • Make your own spare parts

    Can 3D printing solve the organ donor shortage?

    The tiny body on the operating table is not breathing. All around him the medical staff at the C.S. Mott Children’s H...

    Biology January 5, 2014
  • Poo transplants to treat range of diseases

    Emerging science of the human microbiome.

    We face some pretty grim treatment options for the sake of our health. We swallow foul-tasting pills, vaccinate ourse...

    Biology May 1, 2012
  • Deep sea glass sponge

    Not quite an animal, nor a fungus or plant.

    Sponges are considered the most simple of multicellular animals, and have physically changed very little over the 800...

    Biology March 6, 2012
  • Nicotine: why it’s bad for you

    Just what is it about nicotine and smoking that makes it such a health risk?

    Why nicotine is bad for you Nicotine is not carcinogenic, but it is highly addictive; after inhalation of smoke, n...

    Biology November 8, 2008
  • Eye colour more complex than we thought

    Eye colour is controlled by many genes, according to a new Australian study that challenges the t...

    SYDNEY: Eye colour is controlled by many genes, according to a new Australian study that challenges the textbook exam...

    Biology February 23, 2007
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