Engineering animals with CRISPR can help biologists to understand the genes behind some of evolution’s most dramatic changes.
What this says—and doesn’t say—about the evolution of human technology
The Gila monster uses its bladder as a canteen, inspires medical drugs, and has excruciatingly painful venom. What secrets will its genome reveal?
A group of scientists has taken the first important steps towards creating the Human Cell Atlas—a complete inventory of our staggeringly diverse cells.
By freeze-drying the innards of cells, scientists have created portable drug-manufacturing plants—and sensors for detecting viruses like Zika and Ebola.
How did part of a black-widow venom gene end up in a virus that infects one of the world's most successful bacteria?
Medical advances might keep us healthier for longer, but biology could have limits that technology can't overcome.
And why do we yawn at all? YouTube clips of yawning animals offer a hint.
Seven psychologists reviewed every single scientific paper put forward to support these products—and found them wanting.
The bacteria in yogurts have largely failed to live up to their hyped health benefits, but there are other microbes that might.
A new study looks at rates of lethal violence across a thousand species to better understand the evolutionary origins of humanity’s own inhumanity.
The internet is awash with viral videos of bizarre, floating things that “baffle scientists." Not these scientists.
A simulation shows how the incentives of modern academia naturally select for weaker and less reliable results.
Entries from old ship logs suggest that every 19th-century whaling expedition was an ecological rampage.
And they’re extinct in the wild.
How and when wild wolves transformed into domestic pets has always been mysterious—until now.
In yet another setback for the field, researchers have failed to replicate two studies showing that basic techniques can reduce racial achievement gaps and improve voter turnout.
The MEGA-plate allows scientists to watch bacteria adapting to antibiotics before their eyes.
Protecting the cuddly bear is expensive, but worth it.