Are there male and female brains?
Computers suggest yes, but it may just be head size.
By Cordelia Fine, University of Melbourne, and Carla Sanchis Segura, Universitat Jaume I How useful are the well-k...
Cosmos Q&A: Why we must value parasites
Researchers propose a global conservation plan.
Parasites don’t get great PR or a lot of consideration when we're talking conservation. An international team hopes t...
Is this how human sperm really move?
New research challenges centuries-old assumption.
We know what human sperm do, but it seems we may be wrong about one aspect of how they do it. Research by fertilit...
Filling the gaps in our genomic maps
Scientists report first complete assembly of human chromosome.
Scientists say they have determined the complete sequence of a human chromosome for the first time and at an unpreced...
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...