By using “organoids,” scientists can work out how people with rare diseases will respond to new medicines.
It has spread from one clam species to another, and is one of now eight transmissible tumors.
The last paper from one of the world’s greatest ecologists challenges his peers to think about humanity’s influence on the world.
A new study suggests that giant bears, sloths, and saber-toothed cats died because warming temperatures cocked the gun, and people pulled the trigger.
Antibiotics and C-sections might change a baby's microbes, but it's not clear that those changes are bad, lasting, or that they matter at all.
Not all of the world’s reefs are in bad shape—and a few of the healthiest are managed by humans.
I’m deeply saddened to learn that Bob Paine, a giant of ecology, passed away yesterday. You may not know his…
Bird breeders pushed a Venezuelan finch to the brink of extinction so that canaries could be red.
The two have been locked in an evolutionary arms race since before they even existed.
In a landmark discovery on the Indonesian island of Flores, scientists have found bones from tiny hominins that pre-dated the famous hobbit by 600,000 years.
New experiments vindicate a naturalist’s 200-year-old account of fishing for eels—with horses.
The first domesticated animals may have been tamed twice.
Two researchers applied common neuroscience techniques to a classic computer chip. Their results are a wake-up call for the whole field.
The popular gene-editing technique can deliver a step-by-step account of how a single-cell embryo becomes a trillion-cell animal.
A rock structure, built deep underground, is one of the earliest hominin constructions ever found.
“If a man produced sperm that big, it would stretch diagonally across a basketball court.”
While fish are disappearing from the oceans, squid, octopus, and cuttlefish populations have been rising since the 1960s. Why?
In the 1920s, breeders turned yellow canaries red. Now, scientists have finally found the gene responsible.
A new report estimates that by 2050, drug-resistant infections will kill one person every three seconds, unless the world’s governments take drastic steps now.
Half a billion dollars are being pledged to study the microbes in humans, crops, soils, oceans, and more.