For the first time researchers have successfully froze a rabbit's brain, preserving its all of its synapses, cell membranes, and intracellular structures. This marks a major breakthrough in cryopreservation.
Bears pack on fat when preparing to hibernate each winter. To avoid the health risks often associated with human obesity, the bears have specialized gut microbiota that takes in more energy from food in the summer.
Researchers have documented how leafcutter ants process leaves into nutrients underground. The remarkable nimble ants rely on a division of labor to get food on the table and conserve energy, thus ensuring they remain healthy and strong – the better to suit the colony.
Biologists have genetically engineered mosquitoes to reduce populations of mosquitoes carrying Zika virus, which is linked to a birth defect known as microencephaly. The hope is this will help stop the virus from spreading to the Americas and reduce the number of people impacted.
For the first time ever Chinese scientists have created genetically modified monkeys with a human gene for autism. The primates displayed asocial behavior, including becoming stressed when looked in the eye. Researchers from the Institute of Neuroscience in Shanghai hope their findings help treat the disorder in humans.
Bedbugs have built up a resistance to common insecticides due to overuse. Researchers suggest that in order to completely rid our sheets and mattresses of unwanted pests, we need to reevaluate current strategies for fighting them off.
Sea slugs have colorful patterns to ward off predators -- but when that doesn't work they defend themselves using toxic chemicals they gather from their environment.
Researchers found that prairie voles show empathy by grooming or consoling another individual that appears to be distressed. This could be a major breakthrough for better understanding of psychiatric disorders in humans, including autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and schizophrenia.
Humans, of course, do Zumba and Cross-Fit and many other things to stay fit. However, researchers investigating animals' active lifestyles are wondering whether they too work out to maintain perfect figures.
If you're the only one in the household without a stomach bug, feel lucky and a little guilty.It may come down to your genes, says a new study.
Millions of lab mice suffer from an infectious skin disease known as ulcerative dermatitis. However, researchers from Stanford University have come up with a novel cure – pedicures – that is cost effective and keeps the rodent subjects from having to be euthanized, the ultimate plus for reseachers.
Although eating is essential to survival, it also drives the aging process, say researchers from the University of the Pacific who studied the biological effects of consumption using corn snakes.
Although pitch perception was thought to be unique among humans, researchers recently discovered small monkeys known as marmosets use auditory cues to distinguish between low and high notes, just like we do.
While some bat species have evolved with a resistance to Ebola, the virus in turn has evolved to overcome that resistance. Researchers have targeted the biological factors responsible for this resistance, which may aid Ebola prevention and outbreak management in the future.