Biology

  • Sniffing out cancer

    We've know for some time that dogs can detect the scent of diseases including cancer, but new...

    Dogs trained over five years show they correctly sniff out bladder cancer in urine samples 93% of the time. – Corbis...

    Biology March 10, 2014
  • Make your own spare parts

    Can 3D printing solve the organ donor shortage?  By Mark Peplow.

    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

    Other people’s faeces is something we instinctively avoid, but the emerging science of the human ...

    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

    The sea sponge occupies a niche position in taxonomy – not quite an animal but also not a fungus ...

    The dried siliceous skeleton of the deep sea glass sponge, Euplectella. – Wikimedia Sponges are considered ...

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

    What makes it such a health risk?

    Nicotine is not carcinogenic, but it is highly addictive; after inhalation of smoke, nicotine reaches the brain withi...

    Biology November 7, 2008
  • Manic for organic

    Organic food is booming, driven by a public perception it is healthier, more natural and better f...

    I love my local organic food store. From the moment I enter, I enjoy the aromas that greet me and the folksy look of ...

    Biology July 31, 2007
  • Eye colour more complex than we thought

    Eye colour is controlled by many genes.

    Eye colour is controlled by many genes, according to a new Australian study that challenges the textbook example of b...

    Biology February 23, 2007
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