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2013-02-07 15:20:05

Scientists hope that one day in the distant future, miniature, medically-savvy computers will roam our bodies, detecting early-stage diseases and treating them on the spot by releasing a suitable drug, without any outside help.

Scientists Find Oldest Fossils On Earth
2013-01-02 10:32:42

A team of paleobiologists believe they have located the oldest known evidence of life on Earth – ancient bacterial fossils dated at 3.49 billion years old.

2012-11-30 16:07:50

In efforts to understand what influences life span, cancer and aging, scientists are building roadmaps to navigate and learn about cells at the molecular level.

Algae Held Captive And Their Genes Stolen In Crime Of Evolution
2012-11-28 15:38:41

Microscopic animals held algae captive and stole their genes for energy production, thereby evolving into a new and more powerful species many millions of years ago reveals a new study published today in the journal Nature.

2012-10-26 00:37:11

A multinational research team has discovered filamentous bacteria that function as living power cables in order to transmit electrons thousands of cell lengths away.

2012-10-11 12:57:01

A key assumption that biologists have relied on widely over the past quarter-century in studying the evolution of protein molecules is "highly questionable".

2012-09-13 13:32:52

A new study of giant viruses supports the idea that viruses are ancient living organisms and not inanimate molecular remnants run amok, as some scientists have argued.

Mechanism Discovered in Deep Ocean Production Of Methane
2012-08-31 13:17:05

While searching for new and more effective antibiotics, a team of biologists and chemists has stumbled upon the mechanism responsible for the deep ocean production of methane, a greenhouse gas that drives climate change.

Possible Tool To Study Aging From “Selfish” DNA In Animal Mitochondria
2012-08-10 09:14:10

Researchers at Oregon State University have discovered, for the first time in any animal species, a type of “selfish” mitochondrial DNA that is actually hurting the organism and lessening its chance to survive – and bears a strong similarity to some damage done to human cells as they age.

2012-07-27 12:37:25

The Annual Meeting of the American Crystallographic Association (ACA) will be held July 28 – Aug. 1, 2012, at the Westin Waterfront Hotel in Boston, Mass.


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2014-01-12 00:00:00

Biology is the study of living organisms. Before the 19th century, biology was known as natural history (the study of all living things). Gottfried Reinhold Treviranus was the first person to coin the term biology. Biology comes from the Greek words bios (meaning "life") and logia (meaning "study of"). It is a common science that is a standard subject in schools and universities around the world. Over a million papers are published annually in biology and medicinal journals. Not just a...

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