Section: Biology

Formosan subterranean termites could be in for a real headache. Scientists have identified species of roundworms, or “nematodes,” that invade the termite brains and offer a potential bio-based approach to controlling them.


Read More →

Anthrax targets

Posted

A trawl of the genome of the deadly bacterium Bacillus anthracis has revealed a clutch of targets for new drugs to combat an epidemic of anthrax or a biological weapons attack. The targets are all proteins that are found in the bacteria but not in huma…


Read More →

The forests of the coastal regions from California to British Columbia are renowned for their unique and ancient animals and plants, such as coast redwoods, tailed frogs, mountain beavers and the legendary Bigfoot (also known as Sasquatch). Whereas Big…


Read More →

Coral Reefs has published online a study about an invasive species of brittle star. The species was previously restricted to Pacific waters, but surprisingly, growing populations have established themselves at distant points in the Atlantic. Its presen…


Read More →

A study of Drosophila embryos found that parental methylated histones are not transferred to daughter DNA. Rather, after DNA replication, new nucleosomes are assembled from newly synthesized unmodified histones.


Read More →

A new study has investigated how diseases are shared among species of primates with a view to predicting what diseases may emerge in humans in the future. The findings aim to help in the fight against these diseases by enabling scientists to develop tr…


Read More →

Researchers have created an ultra-sensitive biosensor capable of identifying the smallest single virus particles in solution, an advance that may revolutionize early disease detection in a point-of-care setting and shrink test result wait times from we…


Read More →

Biomembranes enclose biological cells like a skin. They also surround organelles that carry out important functions in metabolism and cell division. Scientists have long known in principle how biomembranes are built up, and also that water molecules pl…


Read More →

In the deserts of central Australia lives a tough little fish known as the desert goby, and a new study is shedding light on the aggressive mating behaviour of smaller nest-holding males.


Read More →

The radula sounds like something from a horror movie — a conveyor belt lined with hundreds of rows of interlocking teeth. In fact, radulas are found in the mouths of most molluscs, from the giant squid to the garden snail. Now, a “prototype” radula fo…


Read More →

Drug development: Clever crystals

Posted

Water plays a key role in the co-crystallization of active pharmaceutical ingredients, researchers have found.


Read More →

Scientists studying flu vaccines have identified ways to overcome an obstacle called “original antigenic sin,” which can impair immune responses to new flu strains.


Read More →
Feedback

eSTEM Feedback

We appreciate any and all feedback about our site; praise, ideas, bug reports you name it!