Biology
Wednesday 27 May, 2015

Genome sequences shed light on population decline of Mountain Gorillas

Mountain gorilla genome sequenced

The first project to sequence whole genomes from mountain gorillas has given scientists and conservationists new insight into  More...

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Tyrannosaurs cannibals
By BioNews On Sunday, April 12th, 2015
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Tyrannosaurs were violent cannibals

Remains of a mutilated victim provide strong evidence that T. Rex and his kin were violent animals and practised cannibalism. The remains are of the large carnivorous tyrannosaur Daspletosaurus with many injuries More...

tapeworm
By BioNews On Monday, February 9th, 2015
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Tapeworms fight to control shared host

If two tapeworms infect the same host and find themselves at cross-purposes, they may actively sabotage each other in a competition to seize control, new research suggests.  More...

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By BioNews On Monday, February 9th, 2015
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Endangered cave-dwelling fish species discovered in Brazil

Brazilian researchers have found a new species of endangered cave-dwelling fish that is threatened by a destruction of its habitat  More...

MIT researchers engineered liver-like cells that can be infected with several strains of the parasite that causes malaria, including Plasmodium falciparum (top row) and Plasmodium berghei (bottom row). The red stain reveals parasite infection.
Image credit: Sangita Bhatia/MIT
By BioNews On Sunday, February 8th, 2015
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New ‘malaria-in-a-dish’ method to aid better treatment of disease

A team of researcher has engineered a ‘malaria-in-a-dish’ method that paves the way for better treatments.  More...

dispersal of phonemes
By BioNews On Saturday, February 7th, 2015
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Human dispersal and the evolution of languages show strong link

Geneticists have famously tracked small differences in the human genetic code to trace the evolution and spread of humans out of Africa.  More...

Chimpanzees grunt calls
By BioNews On Friday, February 6th, 2015
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Dutch chimpanzee changed the food calls to match their Scottish counterparts

Chimpanzees living in captivity are capable of learning calls that refer to specific food items.  More...

The lungfish ear is a good model for the ears of the first terrestrial vertebrates. A new study shows that they are capable of detecting airborne sound despite not having a tympanic middle ear.
By BioNews On Friday, February 6th, 2015
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Researchers discover how hearing evolved

Lungfish and salamanders can hear, despite not having an outer ear or tympanic middle ear.  More...

Inattention in the brain
To study how the brain purposefully ignores sensory stimuli, researchers looked at brainwaves connecting the somatosensory cortex (hSI) to the right inferior frontal cortex (IFC). White regions were experimental controls.
Image credit: Brown University
By BioNews On Thursday, February 5th, 2015
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How brain purposefully ignores distractions

A study has revealed that our brain purposefully ignores less important things for us to concentrate on something more crucial  More...

Dr. Kui Liu is a Professor at the Department of Chemistry and Molecular Biology at the University of Gothenburg. His group specialises in the study of the genetic and epigenetic regulation of female germ cell development. Research in recent years has covered both preclinical basic research and the transfer of the results generated from studies of mouse models to clinically applicable techniques for treating female infertility. Image credit: University of Gothenburg
By BioNews On Wednesday, February 4th, 2015
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Doubt over stem-cell based infertility treatment

A new study by a Swedish institution suggests that infertility cannot be successfully treated with stem cells.  More...