Three cutting-edge techniques – the gene-editing tool CRISPR, fluorescent proteins and optogenetics – were all inspired by nature.
Scientists discover surviving viruses in 15,000-year-old glacier ice on the Tibetan Plateau in China.
Gain-of-function mutation research may help predict the next pandemic — or, critics argue, cause one.
Smallpox was nothing new in 1721.
When facing a predator, single cells sometimes unite to defend themselves, paving the way for more complex multicellular life forms to evolve.
Researchers develop a fungus that kills mites that contribute to honey bee Colony Collapse Disorder.
Is working from home the ultimate liberation or the first step toward an even unhappier "new normal"?
Healthy people need healthy microbiomes from an early age.
Counterintuitively, directly combating misinformation online can spread it further. A different approach is needed.
A newly discovered coronavirus — but not the one that causes COVID-19 — has made some dogs very sick.
Children with pre-existing mental health issues thrived during the early phase of the pandemic.
The results could help NASA's Perseverance rover find evidence of ancient life on Mars.
Researchers analyze prehistoric viruses in animals dug out from the Siberian permafrost.
The organisms were anchored to a boulder 900 meters beneath the ice, living a cold, dark existence miles away from the open ocean.
How do these little beasties detect light anyway?
A new study suggests that maintaining gut health to avoid diabetes may be little simpler than previously believed.
Unfortunately, "less is better" is not a catchy marketing slogan.
Another amazing tardigrade survival skill is discovered.
The microbes that eventually produced the planet's oxygen had to breathe something, after all.
The images were published in the New England Journal of Medicine and show how prolific coronavirus can become in a mere four days.
In one of the ocean's most lifeless places, scientists discover and resuscitate ancient organisms.
Smart bandages quickly identify antibiotic-resistant bacteria, and normal bacteria, in owies.
The physical action of handwashing plus the properties of soap is a one-two punch for the virus.