The extraordinary story of a stingray, its discovery and its uncertain fate in the Yemen war.
July 23, 2020 • ~6 min
Tags: biodiversity biology war new-species marine-biology species yemen stingrays
Why are scientists trying to grow organs at the International Space Station? People live on Earth not in zero-gravity. A stem cell expert explains why it is useful to do these experiments in space.
July 8, 2020 • ~5 min
Tags: space biology international-space-station artificial-organs microgravity space-health organs experiments
Mud blister worms make their homes in the shells of oysters and other shellfish, where they weaken their hosts.
June 3, 2020 • ~7 min
Tags: biology shellfish worms calcium-carbonate aquaculture food-webs ecosystems invasive-species parasites zoology scallops abalone larvae
Antigen tests for COVID-19 are fast and easy – and could solve the coronavirus testing problem despite being somewhat inaccurate
An antigen test was given emergency use authorization by the FDA in early May. A biochemist explains how COVID-19 antigen tests work.
May 29, 2020 • ~9 min
Tags: public-health covid-19 coronavirus immune-system biology antibodies sars-cov-2 testing antibody-testing pregnancy-test false-negative
The COVID-19 pandemic is interrupting scientific field work across North America, leaving blank spots in important data sets and making it harder to track ecological change.
May 19, 2020 • ~9 min
Tags: climate-change covid-19 biology nature ecology coronavirus-2020 wildlife ducks phenology massachusetts migratory-birds colorado thoreau field-research
Your genes could determine whether the coronavirus puts you in the hospital – and we're starting to unravel which ones matter
Researchers from Oregon Health and Science University found that variations in genes that code for parts of the cellular alarm system might play a role in how well people fight off COVID-19.
May 5, 2020 • ~6 min
Tags: genetics covid-19 coronavirus immune-system biology genes t-cells immune-cells disease viruses research-brief white-blood-cells immune cells computational-biology
Buildings grown by bacteria -- new research is finding ways to turn cells into mini-factories for materials
Researchers are turning microbes into microscopic construction crews by altering their DNA to make them produce building materials. The work could lead to more sustainable buildings.
March 23, 2020 • ~7 min
Tags: sustainability climate-change biology synthetic-biology construction infrastructure carbon-dioxide-co2 polymers minerals built-environment material-science buildings cyanobacteria
A molecular biologist explains who should get tested, how the tests work and what the US government is doing to make tests available during a rapidly changing crisis.
March 12, 2020 • ~8 min
Tags: dna health public-health covid-19 coronavirus biology pandemic rna centers-for-disease-control-and-prevention sars-cov-2 viruses cdc diagnostic-tests
Insect populations are falling as what they eat becomes more like iceberg lettuce and less like kale.
March 9, 2020 • ~5 min
Tags: climate-change insects carbon biology plants carbon-dioxide-co2 nutrients entomology kansas bugs grasshoppers food-webs prairies research-brief
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