Scientists have reached farther back than ever into the ancestry of humans to recover and analyze DNA, using a bone found in Spain that's estimated to be 400,000 years old. So far, the achievement has provided more questions than answers about our ancient forerunners.
Despite widespread fascination with sharks, the world’s oldest ocean predators have long been a...
Scientists have unearthed the oldest big cat fossil yet, suggesting the predator — similar to a...
Reconstructing the rise of life during the period of Earth's history when it first evolved is...
A study led by researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine shines a new light on molecular tools our cells use to govern regulated gene expression. The study was published on line in advance of print November 10 in the journal Nature Structural and Molecular Biology.
Scientists discover and describe a new species of scorpion, Euscorpius lycius, coming from the area of ancient Lycia, nowadays the regions of the Muğla and Antalya Provinces in Southwestern Turkey. With the new discovery, the scorpions from this genus found in the country go up to a total of five known species. The study was published in the open access journal ZooKeys.
Discovering a new species is, among biologists, akin to hitting a grand slam, and University of South Carolina ichthyologist Joe Quattro led a team that recently cleared the bases. In the journal Zootaxa, they describe a rare shark, the Carolina hammerhead, that had long eluded discovery because it is outwardly indistinguishable from the common scalloped hammerhead. Through its rarity, the new...
Verena Wolf, professor of computer science at Saarland University, just won the award “Germany’s best innovators under 35. Wolf does her research on the simulation of complex cell processes. In this way, Wolf and her colleagues are able to reconstruct the development of whole cell populations with their new software within...
A new PLOS Collection featuring research on the complex evolutionary cascade theory that made the unique gigantism of sauropod dinosaurs possible launched on October 30th. This Collection features new research articles that have published in the open access journal PLOS ONE.
The Mortlock Islands flying fox, a large, breadfruit-eating bat native to a few remote and tiny Pacific islands, has long been regarded as one of the world's least studied bats. For more than 140 years nearly all that scientists knew about this animal was derived from one lonely specimen preserved in a jar of alcohol in the Natural History Museum, London.
Illumina announced it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Santa Clara-based NextBio, a leader in clinical and genomic informatics. NextBio's powerful big-data platforms aggregate and analyze large quantities of phenotypic and genomic data for research and clinical applications.
With their participation in the completion of the largest cloud-based analysis of genome sequence data, are helping to usher genomic scientists and clinicians around the world into a new era of high-level data analysis.
Bioengineers have created a new method for analyzing RNA transcripts from samples of 50 to 100 cells. The approach could be used to develop better tools for forensics, drug discovery and developmental biology.
In a bioinformatics breakthrough, researchers have successfully applied advanced artificial intelligence to enable the automated analysis of huge amounts of genetic data.
Scientists from Yale and Harvard have recoded the entire genome of an organism and improved a bacterium's ability to resist viruses, a dramatic demonstration of the potential of rewriting an organism's genetic code. The creation of a genomically recoded organism raises the possibility that researchers might be able to retool nature and create potent new forms of proteins to accomplish a myriad purposes
Research led by University of Arizona Regents' Professor Nick Strausfeld and London Natural History Museum's Greg Edgecombe has revealed that the ancestors of chelicerates (spiders, scorpions and their kin) branched off from the family tree of other arthropods – including insects, crustaceans and millipedes – more than half a billion years ago.
A marine science instructor snorkeling off the Southern California coast spotted something out of a fantasy novel: the silvery carcass of an 18-foot-long, serpent-like oarfish. Jasmine Santana of the Catalina Island Marine Institute needed more than 15 helpers to drag the giant sea creature with eyes the size of half dollars to shore on October 13, 2013.
Human fingertips have several types of sensory neurons that are responsible for relaying touch signals to the central nervous system. Scientists have long believed these neurons followed a linear path to the brain with a "labeled-lines" structure.
Elephants understand humans in a way most other animals don’t, according to the latest research from the University of St Andrews. The new study, published October 10, 2013 by Current Biology, found that elephants are the only wild animals to understand human pointing without any training to do so.
Pathway Studio Web Plant is a Web-based research solution designed to help plant scientists explore breeding through trait analysis, and to enable them to make more informed decisions at critical stages of crop production and protection research.
Braving perilous river rapids in Suriname's rainforest, international scientists found six frogs and 11 fish that are among 60 creatures that may be new species, a tropical ecologist with a U.S.-based conservation group said October 3, 2013.
The left and right hemispheres of Albert Einstein's brain were unusually well connected to each other and may have contributed to his brilliance, according to a new study conducted in part by Florida State University evolutionary anthropologist Dean Falk. "This study, more than any other to date, really gets at the 'inside' of Einstein's brain," Falk said.
They were mystery diseases that had stumped doctors for years — adults with strange symptoms and children with neurological problems, mental slowness or muscles too weak to let them stand. Now scientists say they were able to crack a quarter of these cases by decoding the patients' genes.
To accelerate advancements in biomedical research, the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute has deployed over 22 petabytes of high-performance storage from DataDirect Networks. As one of the top five scientific institutions in the world specializing in DNA sequencing, Sanger Institute embraces the latest technologies to research the genetic basis of global health problems, including cancer, malaria, diabetes, obesity and infectious diseases.
The new NextGENe NGS Analysis Software from SoftGenetics is latest version of the company’s NGS analysis software. This latest version includes many advanced technologies including optimized algorithms, a new algorithm and visualization of copy‐number variation (CNV) detection, and advanced reporting.
It happens too often: A doctor isn't sure what's causing someone's feverish illness but prescribes antibiotics just in case, drugs that don't work if a virus is the real culprit. Now, Duke University researchers are developing a blood test to more easily tell when a respiratory illness is due to a virus and not a bacterial infection, hoping to cut the dangerous overuse of antibiotics and speed the right diagnosis.
NGS is at the heart of many of today’s biomedical discoveries, and dependence on HPC to achieve these insights is growing rapidly, in direct proportion to the amount of data collected. As genomic data accumulates and analytic approaches evolve, so must the computational platforms. View Now
Spider venoms are usually toxic when injected into prey, but a new protein discovered in the venom of Australian tarantulas can also kill prey insects that consume the venom orally. The protein is strongly insecticidal to the cotton bollworm, an important agricultural pest, according to research published in the open access journal PLOS ONE.
A team of researchers revealed that the major malaria vector in Africa, the Anopheles gambiae mosquito, is able to smell major human host odorants better at night.The study reports an integrative approach to examine the mosquito's ability to smell across the 24-hour day
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