Ancient hornwort hints at new ways to grow crops

The genome of the hornwort, one of the first plants to colonize land, may offer a way to grow crops more efficiently with less synthetic fertilizer.

Kurt Bodenmueller-U. Zurich • futurity
March 16, 2020 ~4 min

PCOS doesn’t just affect fertility

Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) "...affects women in a number of ways throughout their life course. It is not just about ovaries."

Peter Thorley-Warwick • futurity
March 12, 2020 ~3 min

Fishing targets the ‘super-urinators’ that ecosystems need

Certain fish are super-urinators, meaning that they contribute more nitrogen to the ecosystem. Unfortunately, they're also prize catches.

Jim Erickson-Michigan • futurity
March 3, 2020 ~6 min

Fresh eggs for IVF offer slightly better birth outcomes

New research suggests a slight advantage to using fresh donor eggs for in-vitro fertilization (IVF), although that's one factor among many for consideration.

Sarah Avery-Duke • futurity
Feb. 7, 2020 ~3 min

Antioxidant reverses most BPA-induced fertility damage in worms

Treatment with a naturally occurring antioxidant, CoQ10, restores many aspects of fertility in C. elegans worms following exposure to BPA. The findings offer a possible path toward undoing BPA-induced reproductive harms in people.

Stephanie Dutchen • harvard
Feb. 6, 2020 ~6 min

Our pee could become fertilizer with low drug-resistance risk

"Aging" urine can deactivate 99% of antibiotic-resistant genes in bacteria in the urine, research finds. That means the pee could be safe fertilizer.

Nicole Casal Moore-Michigan • futurity
Jan. 24, 2020 ~4 min

Why fertility ‘curves’ between puberty and menopause

"We have known for a long time that we humans have a unique fertility curve." New research offers an explanation.

Anders Buch-Larsen • futurity
Oct. 9, 2019 ~5 min

Catastrophes may help explain ‘population paradox’

New findings may explain a population paradox that has dogged researchers.

Andrea Estrada-UCSB • futurity
June 25, 2019 ~8 min

Older fatherhood may add risks for moms and children

Research suggests doctors should counsel men about the effect their age will have on conception, pregnancy, and the health of the child.

Patti Verbanas-Rutgers • futurity
May 13, 2019 ~4 min

Researchers obtain first ever underwater ultrasound scans of wild reef manta rays

A team of researchers from the University of Cambridge and the Manta Trust has successfully scanned a pregnant wild reef manta ray underwater to obtain clear ultrasound images of her foetus, using the world’s first contactless underwater ultrasound scanner.

Cambridge University News • cambridge
April 30, 2019 ~5 min