Environmental changes large or small can have a significant impact, according to a recent study. This may help ecologists better understand a community's response to climate change.
Researchers found a protein that helps plants grow in salty soils. This could aid in salt-tolerant crop development.
Researchers found a fourth gene that controls the process that makes wheat flower following a freeze. This discovery could improve wheat varieties to meet growing worldwide demands.
Researchers from Purdue University discovered a new method to help conservationists better assess which species should be considered threatened or endangered.
Inbreeding among Saltmarsh sparrows and Nelson's sparrows is creating a hybrid zone that is difficult for researchers to identify--and threatening the species with extinction.
It may sound utterly outrageous, but experts are now arguing that some very fat and blind cave fish may hold the key to understanding humanity's obesity problem. The same genes that apparently help these fish feast without constraint also happens to be one of the strongest genetic drivers for inherited obesity ever seen.
Cancer is a very unique kind of disease. Rare in plants to begin with, experts had long thought that animals were more susceptible to often-fatal cancer conditions because they exclusively experience chromothripsis, commonly called "chromosome shattering." Now, experts have found the first evidence of this phenomenon in plants - a revelation with some intriguing implications.
The Bronze Age was a significant era in Earth's early history, but how did it change Europe? New DNA analyses from the bones of early Europeans have attempted to answer just that question, showing that the demographic structure of present-day Europe and Asia is the result of widespread population migrations, and subsequent cultural changes that occurred during the Bronze Age.
Color blindness affects a significant portion of the population, most notably men. And now, new research has identified a new gene mutation that could possibly cause this condition.
For as long as it has been in society's crosshairs, homosexuality has been part of a very simple debate: is it natural or is it a choice? The question of whether it was helpful to a species was never considered; after all, do we question whether it's better for humanity to boast a specific eye color or personality? Now however, a new study has revealed that the trait can be very helpful to a species, and you won't believe how.
By unlocking the secrets of a bizarre virus that can survive in near boiling acid, scientists at the University of Virginia (UVA) School of Medicine hope they can use its indestructible ways to successfully use genetic therapy to treat human diseases.
Cystic fibrosis is life threatening to anyone born with the disease, but now a new combination of drugs is offering new hope for afflicted patients.
With spring projected to be shorter than ever this year, summer is fast approaching, and that means it's about time to lather up on sunscreen. And now that scientists have discovered that fish can produce their own sunscreen, it has inspired them to make the product for humans.
With summer nearly a month away, there's a reason everyone is anticipating its arrival. The sun is always shining, school's out, you lay on the beach and tan, and you just feel better. Well, the latter may be because people are generally healthier in the summer.