In the real world, new diseases emerge from complex environments. To learn more about how, scientists set up whole artificial ecosystems in the lab, instead of focusing on just one factor at a time.
The answer lies in determining what we are and what we want to become.
Pecking holes in a solid wood tree trunk would give you a headache, if not serious brain damage. What special assets allow a woodpecker to do it?
Are molecules, chairs, genes and humans really just the sum of their physical parts? A team of philosophers are trying to find out.
Synthetic biology lets us explore places where evolution has never gone, to help meet humanity's food needs in a future shaped by climate change.
Talk of bioterrorism might provoke fears of smallpox and anthrax, but mundane threats like salmonella may pose greater danger. And experts say that the U.S. is not prepared for an attack.
Vampire bats form social bonds similar to human friendships – and they're good friends to those in need.
How many genes do you really need? Are there any that we can lose? Researchers are now identifying species that have streamlined their genome to adapt to a particular lifestyle.
Ageing may be caused by hyperfunctioning genes.
Drunk without drinking? Liver damage without drinking? Gut bacteria might be the cause.
Fungi live in everyone's gut – but now a new study reveals that this colonization may begin before birth.
If you hear about wonder drugs or ingredients that are claimed to be effective in curing all types of cancer, we must beware of their equally dangerous side effects.
The geological and biological archives of the Earth shed light on both the distant past of our planet and allow us to imagine its future.
Proposed reforms in Victoria will not only remove barriers for many TGD people to navigate their daily lives more safely, but help to make gender categories in general less strictly defined.
Some treatments for neurodegenerative diseases involve inserting wires into the brain and zapping certain brain cells with electricity. But what if you could do the same thing using sound waves?
For many people, the gentle blinks of fireflies flashing are a favorite part of summer evenings. An entomologist explains some lightning bug basics.
Lions don't generally have armies of hyenas, but not every aspect of The Lion King is inaccurate.
Scrapping the idea of a species is an extreme idea – but perhaps a good one.
Genetic testing companies are offering tests that analyze the ends of your chromosomes – telomeres – to gauge your health and your real age. But is there scientific evidence to support such tests?
Superfast DNA analysis is now being used to crack medical mysteries when physicians can't figure out whether an infectious microbe is causing the disease.