Some species live unexpectedly long lives. By studying how they do it, researchers hope to pinpoint factors affecting human longevity.
May 4, 2021 • ~16 min
Some lizard species do without males altogether. Scientists are studying these all-female species to see what they might reveal about the pros and cons of sex.
March 23, 2021 • ~12 min
COMIC: As it spreads throughout the world, the virus that causes Covid-19 has been changing. Scientists are tracking those changes, hoping to stay one step ahead of worrisome strains.
Feb. 23, 2021 • ~1 min
Pathogens can make us sick. Just how sick depends on genetic variations, including ones that sabotage immune molecules called interferons. A better understanding could lead to new treatments for Covid-19 and other scourges.
Nov. 3, 2020 • ~13 min
Genes, microbes and other factors govern how each person’s body processes nutrients. Understanding the connections could help optimize diets — and health.
July 28, 2020 • ~11 min
Pathogens that switch to a new host species have some adapting to do. How does that affect the course of a pandemic like Covid-19?
July 16, 2020 • ~18 min
Researchers dig out the elusive cats’ genetic material where they can, to guide efforts at conservation and diversity
Sept. 17, 2019 • ~13 min
Revolutionary techniques using traces of environmental DNA are analyzing entire ecosystems “from microbes to whales”
Aug. 2, 2019 • ~14 min
Only recently have scientists directly witnessed this most pivotal of events in biology, thanks to new technology that allows them to observe the process in living cells. It’s teaching them a lot.
April 26, 2019 • ~12 min