Biology

  • Tiny hairs move eggs down the fallopian tube

    Motile cilia help transport unfertilised eggs from the ovary.

    An old question about how the egg gets from the ovary to the uterus has been solved – it is all to do with little hai...

    Biology May 25, 2021
  • PCR: the reaction that changed biology

    COVID testing has seen the technique called Polymerase Chain Reaction enter the lexicon, but few ...

    By now many of us have felt it – the surprising, invasive sensation of a long-handled cotton bud being shoved through...

    Biology May 21, 2021
  • Genetic link found between bipolar and schizophrenia

    Some genetic locations associated with bipolar disorder could be therapeutic targets.

    A study of bipolar disorder (BD) shows a genetic link to schizophrenia and major depression but also identifies some ...

    Biology May 18, 2021
  • How genetic is your face?

    New research pinpoints genes that are responsible for facial similarities in siblings.

    New research might provide an insight into an age-old question: do your siblings really know you better than anyone e...

    Biology May 14, 2021
  • Tiny parasite could solve wastewater problem

    A new organism may prevent costly foaming in water treatment plants.

    Scientists from La Trobe University in Melbourne have discovered a tiny parasite that can kill the bacteria responsib...

    Biology April 30, 2021
  • Explainer

    What is PCR?

    The standard technique for detecting SARS-CoV-2 is incredibly useful in other places too.

    PCR was an acronym that dominated the news in 2020. What is the technique, how useful is it, and what does it tell us...

    Biology April 27, 2021
  • Genetic ‘toxic masculinity’ fells male flies

    Scientists find that Y chromosome features may shorten male fly lifespan.

    Males of many animal species, including humans, are known to have shorter lifespans than females. Now, scientists fro...

    Biology April 23, 2021
  • You may have missed...

    Stray science stories from last week to cheer up your Monday.

    Ocean ghost currents undo gravity Flinders University researcher Jochen Kaempf has discovered how ghost currents a...

    Biology April 19, 2021
  • How teeth sense cold temperatures

    New research identifies a protein in teeth that senses the cold.

    Cold teeth can be painful, particularly if they’re decayed. In a new paper, published in Science Advances, scientists...

    Biology March 27, 2021
  • The science behind the blastocyst and iBlastoid

    Monash University-led research team turns skin cells into early-stage embryo model.

    Left to right: Jia Tan, Jose Polo, Xiaodong (Ethan) Liu. Credit: Monash University It was an unanticipated event t...

    Biology March 18, 2021
  • Squeeze like a fungus

    Some fungi species squeeze between cells

    As icky as it sounds, some species of fungus can literally squeeze themselves between plant or animal cells and nestl...

    Biology March 16, 2021
  • Tear glands cry in a dish

    Human stem-cell derived organoids make tears.

    A team of researchers, led by Marie Bannier-Hélaouët of the Hubrecht Institute in the Netherlands, has developed orga...

    Biology March 16, 2021
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