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Transcriptional adaptation found to play a role in inherited epigenetic changes

A team of researchers from the Max Planck Institute for Heart and Lung Research discovered that transcriptional adaptation appears to play a role in...

Decoding the secret language of photosynthesis

Scientists have been baffled for decades by the signal plants send to initiate photosynthesis and the process of converting sunlight into sugars. But these...

Humans continue to evolve: Study tracks the emergence of 155 new genes

Modern humans diverged from our chimp ancestors nearly 7 million years ago. But we are still evolving. Within the human lineage, many new genes...

Harnessing smartphones to track how people use green spaces

A new study shows how anonymized GPS data from people's smartphones can be used to monitor the public's use of parks and other green...

Solving the mystery of the ‘little skate,’ a fish that walks on two legs

The little skate is a fish. But it is also known for walking with its fins-like legs. It is much like terrestrial vertebrates. The...

Why some feces float and others sink

How did life come into being? Are we the only ones in the universe? Why does some poop float and bob in the toilet...

Researchers find repeated gene duplications and genetic diversification in protein kinase R in mouse-eared bats

Bats are extremely unusual animals. They are the only mammals with the ability to fly. Different species have adapted to feed on a wide...

What octopus and human brains have in common

Our magnificent little blue marble of a planet is home to an astonishingly diverse array of lifeforms, but some are unquestionably odder than others. This...

AI tailors artificial DNA for future drug development

Chalmers researchers have created artificial DNA that controls the protein production of cells using artificial intelligence. The technology can contribute to the development and...

Disclosing the structure of the light-harvesting phycobilisome of cyanobacterium

RIKEN researchers determined the structure of the "antenna" that a blue-green alga uses to harvest light and compared it to that of four other...

The secret carbon decisions plants are making about our future

Plants make their own "hidden" judgments about how much carbon to release back into the atmosphere, according to new research from The University of...

Analyzing the genomic modifications in transgenic papaya

SunUp, transgenic papaya that can resist the papaya ringspot virus, was developed in the 1990s and became widely known. Even though the genomic sequence...

Chromatin found to have originated in ancient microbes one to two billion years ago

2 metres of DNA must fit into a nucleus that is only 8 millionths of a metre wide in practically every human cell. The...

A novel method for early disease detection using DNA droplets

The production of aqueous droplets in macromolecules by liquid-liquid phase separation (or coacervation) is a hot topic in biosciences study. DNA is particularly interesting...

Unwinding the secrets of stress in plants could help feed the world during climate crisis

Royal Holloway researchers have discovered how natural responses to stress in plants modify the way DNA is wrapped up in the cell to help...