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Snakes and snake-like robots show how sidewinders conquer sandy slopes

Researchers have learned how sidewinder snakes climb sandy slopes, and put that knowledge to work with a snake-like robot.

Thu, Oct 9, 2014 | Read story
Sequencing of five African fishes reveals diverse molecular mechanisms underlying evolution

Researchers have sequenced the genomes and transcriptomes of five species of African cichlid fishes and uncovered a variety of features that enabled the fishes to thrive in new habitats and ecological niches within the Great Lakes of East Africa.

Thu, Sep 4, 2014 | Read story
Marine protected areas might not be enough to help overfished reefs recover

Pacific corals and fish can both smell a bad neighborhood, and use that ability to avoid settling in damaged reefs.

Thu, Aug 21, 2014 | Read story
Evolution of life's operating system revealed in detail

The evolution of the ribosome, a large molecular structure found in the cells of all species, has been revealed in unprecedented detail in a new study.

Mon, Jun 30, 2014 | Read story
Gene Expression Signature Identifies Patients at Higher Risk for Cardiovascular Death

A study of 338 patients with coronary artery disease has identified a gene expression profile associated with an elevated risk of cardiovascular death.

Thu, May 29, 2014 | Read story
Evolution in Species May Reverse Predator-Prey Population Cycles

Co-evolution in species may reverse traditional predator-prey population cycles, creating the appearance that prey are eating the predators.

Mon, May 5, 2014 | Read story
Seeing Double: New Study Explains Evolution of Duplicate Genes

Researchers have shown that a process called DNA methylation can shield duplicate genes from being removed from the genome during natural selection. The redundant genes survive and are shaped by evolution over time, giving birth to new cellular funct

Mon, Apr 7, 2014 | Read story


Joshua Weitz part of newly funded NSF project to study Dimensions of Biodiversity
Thu, Sep 26, 2013 | Read story
Researchers Determine Protein Structure for New Antimicrobial Target

A study of protein membranes could provide drug designers with a new target for anti-microbial compounds.

Fri, Sep 6, 2013 | Read story
Principles of Ant Locomotion Could Help Future Robot Teams Work Underground

Future teams of subterranean robots could benefit from research into how ants move in confined spaces.

Mon, May 20, 2013 | Read story
Study Quantifies the Size of Holes Antibacterials Create in Cell Walls to Kill Bacteria

A new study has quantified the size holes made in bacteria by new antibacterial compounds.

Wed, Jan 9, 2013 | Read story


Weitz receives NSF award to study viral-host interactions

Dr. Joshua Weitz has been awarded a grant from the Program in Biological Oceanography on "Understanding the Effects of Complex Phage-Bacteria Infection Networks on Ocean Ecosystems".

Wed, Oct 3, 2012 | Read story
Researchers Show How New Viruses Evolve, and in Some Cases, Become Deadly

researchers demonstrate how a new virus evolves, which sheds light on how easy it can be for diseases to gain dangerous mutations.

Thu, Jan 26, 2012 | Read story


Meta-Analysis Reveals Patterns of Bacteria-Virus Infection Networks

Study reveals bacteria-virus infection patterns exhibit nestedness.

Sun, Jun 26, 2011 | Read story
Software Quantifies Leaf Vein Networks, Enables Plant Biology Advances

Software tool extracts macroscopic vein structures from leaf images.

Thu, Jan 13, 2011 | Read story