Tag Archives: Biology

How mosquitoes associate scents with swats

Does it do any good to swat at a mosquito if you miss? Yes, according to a newly published study. A novel experiment conducted primarily by biologists at the University of Washington found that mosquitoes seem to associate the shock of … Continue reading

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Chinese team clones monkeys from fetal cells

Researchers at the Chinese Academy of Sciences Institute of Neuroscience in Shanghai have produced identical primate clones using the same procedure that brought Dolly the sheep into the world more than two decades earlier. The procedure, known as somatic cell … Continue reading

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Biologists sniff out another way to make methane

Every year, microbes produce hundreds of millions of tons of methane, a greenhouse gas that’s more potent than carbon dioxide. Scientists had thought the job was done exclusively through methanogenesis. But in the journal Nature Microbiology, a research team led by the … Continue reading

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Scientists build proteins into molecular capsules

University of Washington researchers have taken a page from the viral playbook to create microscopic assemblies for packaging genetic material — with the goal of using the system for targeted drug delivery. The assemblies, known as synthetic nucleocapsids, work like viruses … Continue reading

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Semi-synthetic bacteria make ‘alien’ protein

Researchers have reached a new milestone in their effort to expand the genetic alphabet of life by designing a strain of E. coli bacteria that creates proteins unlike anything cells can produce naturally. The technique, detailed in a paper published today … Continue reading

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Meet the Mariana snailfish, the sea’s deepest fish

They look like ghosts of the abyss, but the wispy, pinkish-white, smooth-skinned creatures at the bottom of the Pacific Ocean’s Mariana Trench have a distinction of substance: They’re the deepest fish ever brought up from the deep sea. Now the … Continue reading

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AI2’s search engine gets a biomedical boost

As senior product manager at Seattle’s Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence, or AI2, Hagman played a key role in figuring out how to incorporate documents from PubMed and other biomedical databases in the academic search tool. She drew upon her personal … Continue reading

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