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A new study reveals that the way fruit bats use biosonar to 'see' their surroundings is significantly more advanced than first thought.
A somewhat mysterious soft tissue found in the fetus during early development in the womb plays a pivotal role in the formation of mature beta cells the sole source of the body's insulin.
Do animals that have evolved for millions of years underground, completely isolated from the day-night cycle, still "know" what time it is?
An investigation into the mysterious inner workings of the malaria parasite has revealed that it survives and proliferates in the human bloodstream thanks in part to a single, crucial chemical that the parasite produces internally.
A novel technique to "tame" the malaria parasite, by forcing it to depend on an external supply of a vital chemical, has been developed by researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine and the University of California-San Francisco.
Many medical devices, ranging from artificial hip joints to dentures and catheters, can come with unwelcome guests â€“ complex communities of microbial pathogens called biofilms that are resistant to the human immune system and antibiotics, thus proving a serious threat to human health. However, researchers may have a new way of looking at biofilms.
Changes in a short protein domain can alter a whole signaling network involved in organ developmentâ€“ this is the key result of a comparative study of the development of the egg laying organ in two species of nematodes.
The past two decades have witnessed an epidemic spread of obesity-related diseases in Western countries.
In the century and a half since Charles Darwin's publication of The Origin of Species, evolutionary theory has become the bedrock of modern biology, yet its application to the understanding of the human mind remains controversial.
The world's oceans support vast populations of single-celled organisms (phytoplankton) that are responsible, through photosynthesis, for removing about half of the carbon dioxide that is produced by burning fossil fuels â€“ as much as the rainforests and all other terrestrial systems combined.
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